A spring tune-up will help ensure that your air conditioner operates efficiently all summer long to help you save money on energy costs, as well as extend the life of your system and prevent expensive and inconvenient midsummer breakdowns.
A comprehensive tune-up performed by a qualified HVAC technician will include these essential tasks:
- Clean the outdoor condensing unit to remove debris from the fins and inside the coil.
- Test the controls of the system to ensure it cycles properly.
- Lubricate the moving parts of the system to prevent friction.
- Inspect the run and start capacitors and relays for wear.
- Check the level of refrigerant and fine-tune it as necessary.
- Flush the condensate drain to keep it from backing up, especially during humid weather.
- Tighten electrical connections and belts.
- Adjust the blower based on the temperature drop and the return and supply registers.
- Adjust and clean the thermostat for optimum accuracy.
- Check the voltage and amperage on the motor and inspect for worn bearings.
Once your technician packs up and leaves, your air conditioner should thrive in its newfound efficiency. These two monthly DIY tasks will help you maintain that efficiency all summer long:
- Check your air conditioner’s air filter monthly and replace it when you can no longer see through it. A dirty filter prevents air from flowing optimally to your system and can cause overheating and related damage. Opt for a quality, pleated air filter to trap more and smaller particles from your home’s air to maintain good indoor air quality.
- Hose down your outdoor condensing unit to remove dirt and debris caught in the fins. Don’t allow plants or weeds to grow near your unit, which can restrict the airflow and reduce your system’s efficiency.
For more expert advice about air conditioner maintenance, or to schedule your annual tune-up, please feel free to contact us at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re proud to help keep Route 495/128 area residents comfortable year-round.
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