There’s No Better Time Than Spring for AC Maintenance
After a long winter, it’s time to start using the AC again. But during those several months without use, plenty can happen to an air conditioner unit that may hinder its performance. Leaves, twigs, dirt, and other debris can pile up inside or get jammed in the coils. Bugs or vermin can move in and start living in the unit. Prolonged exposure to snow and ice can damage certain components.
Before the unit gets put to work for the warm summer months, it needs to be cleaned up and checked for issues. Otherwise, the chances of a summer breakdown go up drastically - which is part of the reason HVAC service companies are so busy during the summer. Read on to find out how spring AC maintenance can help prevent costly repairs, improve energy efficiency, and help homeowners enjoy a cool, clean home all summer.
Tune-Up and Maintenance for the Unit
Most problems with air conditioner units are the direct result of inadequate maintenance. Many homeowners underestimate the importance of basic AC maintenance only to find themselves sweating it out on a hot day while they wait for a repair technician to arrive. Fortunately, professional tune-ups are inexpensive and usually don’t take very long to complete.
A routine maintenance visit involves a comprehensive list of tasks for the technician to perform, all of which serve to minimize undue wear and ensure the unit continues to run properly. These tasks include:
- Cleaning the condensate drain line, condenser coils, and fan housing
- Inspecting electrical components for loose wiring and damage
- Lubricating the fan bearing
- Testing the amperage of the blower motor and compressor
- Checking refrigerant levels
- Making sure computers and thermostats are properly calibrated
The Value of Air Duct Cleaning
Many technicians will perform a basic air duct inspection as part of their maintenance visit. This is primarily to make sure there are no air leaks in the ductwork, but it’s also to check for excessive dust or debris buildup.
If there is a significant buildup, a duct cleaning is probably a good idea. This will help keep the house clean, reduce the number of pollutants in the air, and keep the indoor unit free of dirt and dust particles that may damage or interfere with mechanical components.
Keeping the Home Clean = Keeping the Air Filters Clean
Another powerful way to keep the AC going strong is by maintaining a clean home. Regularly sweeping, mopping, dusting, and vacuuming helps keep dust, dirt, and dander at bay, which means the HVAC air filters won’t have as much to handle. When the house stays clean, the air filters stay clean, and vice versa. Less particulate matter circulating through the house also means that the air ducts won’t need cleaning as often.
Additionally, the unit will operate more efficiently since it won’t struggle to draw air through clogged filters. Of course, the filters will still need to be changed every 3 months or so since some dust will inevitably escape even the most fastidious housekeeper!
About Master Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling
The award-winning Master Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling has been serving Cedar Rapids, IA since 1986. Their clean, courteous professionals are available for same-day service and 24/7 in case of emergencies. Every service comes with up-front pricing and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call now for AC maintenance services!