Having your air conditioning equipment maintained can prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your air conditioner at peak performance by having an air conditioning repair contractor do annual pre-season check-ups. A/C contractors can get busy once summer comes, so it’s best have the air conditioning system checked in the spring.
Typical air conditioner maintenance procedures by a professional air conditioning repair contractor should include:
- Checking the thermostat settings to ensure the air conditioning system keeps you comfortable during the hours you’re normally home, and saves energy while away.
- Tightening all connections and measuring voltage and current on electrical components. Bad connections can cause an unsafe situation with your air conditioning system and shorten the life span of critical parts.
- Lubrication of all moving parts to reduce friction and wear on motors and the amount of energy used.
- Checking and inspection of the condensate drain in your central air conditioner. A plugged drain can cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels.
- Checking controls of the air conditioning system to ensure safe and correct operation in all cycles.
- Cleaning the evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils to increase efficiency and extend the life of the system.
- Checking the refrigerant level of the central air conditioner and make necessary adjustments.
Steps a homeowner can do themselves to help with maintenance is to inspect, clean and/or change the air filters in their air conditioning system. Dirty filters can increase air conditioning costs and actually damage the air conditioner. Also, keeping the air ducts clean can also increase efficiency, improve the flow of air and improve the air quality of the home.