Posted on: November 8, 2016
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Air Conditioning
Most air conditioning professionals have an Air Conditioning Tune-Up and Maintenance Checklist that involves inspecting, cleaning and watching for other potential issues that may cause a breakdown or inefficiency. Some homeowners or facility managers may have enough HVAC knowledge to do some of the inspections themselves, but most rely on a trained HVAC professional for a thorough visual inspection of the exposed duct work, furnace and air handler, condensing unit, and thermostat.
Perform a complete air conditioning tune up. This is a yearly maintenance item everyone should do.
Everything in this world is finite, and that includes our appliances at home. You’ll want to keep this in mind so that it doesn’t take you by surprise when a much-needed item conks out — either temporarily, to be resurrected by the appropriate repair services, or permanently, to be completely replaced by a new unit.
Durability only lasts so long. It doesn’t promise eternity, and that long-lasting quality would even be compromised if you don’t put in the necessary effort toward maintenance. It’s quite accurate to say that the length of life of your appliances is directly proportional to the amount of care they receive.
One of the appliances you have at home or at work that you don’t want suddenly dying on you is your air conditioner — and certainly not during the summertime. Nonetheless, many air conditioning units meet their “unexpected” demise in the hottest months of the year, when people are in dire need of them.
It’s very rare that an air conditioner’s failure to function be unexpected. The unit will manifest tell-tale signs. The number of years it has served will tell you. Its state will clue you in. You’d think somebody would have to be totally oblivious or lacking in common sense not to realize that an air conditioner is on its last leg, and yet perfectly reasonable people are caught by surprise when their unit breaks down.
Many have a tendency to take their appliances for granted, but when you invest in these items, especially the expensive ones like your air conditioner, you need to look after them and maintain them — first, to really get your money’s worth; second, to make sure that they remain as efficient as possible; and, third, to avoid inconvenience and unnecessary expense. These are all valid reasons for regularly scheduling an air conditioner tune-up.
An air conditioner tune-up and safety inspection must be carried out by an experienced technician since the process is way beyond what a layman typically knows and understands about air conditioners. It could take an hour or two to complete the following air conditioner tune up checklist:
Measuring amperage and voltage to ensure proper blower motor function
Testing the thermostat for proper operation, as well as calibrating, and leveling it
Cleaning the air filter if needed
Inspecting the bearing for wear and lubricating accordingly
Inspecting the indoor coil
Flushing the condensate drain and treating with anti-algae
Inspecting and cleaning the condenser coil and removing debris
Monitoring refrigerant operating pressures
Inspecting the safety devices for proper operation
Inspecting the electrical disconnect box for proper rating and safe installation
Inspecting the electrical wiring and tightening connections
Testing the contactors for burned or pitted contacts
Inspecting the electrical for exposed wiring
Inspecting and testing the capacitors
Inspecting the fan blade
Inspecting the service valves for proper operation
Measuring the Supply/Return temperature differential
Inspecting the duct work for energy loss
Monitoring the compressor, measuring amperage and volt draw, and wiring connections
There are several major reasons to have a tune-up. It’s important to have your AC serviced each spring in order to have the best performance possible. Longer life for your AC unit, Up to 95 percent reduction in unexpected repairs, Improved efficiency and lower energy bills, Better home air quality, Exceptional home comfort during the hot summer months, Up-to-date information about energy efficiency, air quality and new equipment options, Professional advice about the life of your system, Help in planning for your eventual upgrade of equipment. Call (713) 812-7070 us for your home service and repair needs.
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