We want to start by saying, we’re glad you ask! That means you’re thinking about the cooling season coming, and preparing for your air conditioner to be working for days on end once summer comes. Early spring is the perfect time to schedule this service, but homeowners are still sometimes hesitant, not truly understanding all the benefits of such a service.
For many, it helps to understand what exactly happens during air conditioner maintenance. Fortunately for you, we’ve covered this below!
What a Professional AC Inspection Involves
There are few parts to AC maintenance—inspection, cleaning, and recommending repairs. We’re going to look at the “inspection” part. Inspections of any complex mechanical equipment require skilled technicians who have appropriate training and tools to get the job done safety. Air conditioners are complex pieces of refrigerant technology, and an amateur cannot hope to be able to diagnose problems with it.
There is a long list of what a technician looks for during the inspection. Techs will go through a pretty extensive checklist to analyze all the major components. Below are a number of the specific things that technicians look at to determine if your air conditioner is need of work.
- Corroded or Loose Electrical Connections: Many of the most common malfunctions in air conditioning systems are electrical in nature. Moisture and chemicals in the air can cause electrical wiring and connections to corrode, which eventually causes multiple systems to fail and the air conditioner to shut down. Our pros look closely at this and check for any wiring that’s coming loose. Sometimes all it takes to fix an AC problem is to tighten these connections. But remember, dealing with electrical components should be left to the pros!
- Motors in Need of Lubrication: Technicians always pay close attention to the motors in an air conditioning system. They operate the fans and the compressor, and strain can cause overload and burnout. If motors are dusty or losing lubrication, technicians will lubricate them, or even recommend replacing them altogether.
- Refrigerant Pressure and Levels: Many homeowners don’t realize this, but air conditioners come with a factory-set level of refrigerant, known as the system’s If techs find that the refrigerant charge is at a low level, it means that you have a leak that must be located and repaired. Plus, you’ll need the refrigerant to be recharged.
- Blower Components: The blower is the component that moves air through the coils of an air conditioner and into the air ducts. Dirty or failing blowers cut down on airflow and efficiency.
- The Thermostat: Yes, your thermostat is an important part of your HVAC system, and it needs to be checked out just like any other component to ensure that it hasn’t become miscalibrated. Even the smallest miscalibration will start draining your energy needlessly.
Right now is typically when we recommend scheduling your AC maintenance appointment since it’s before the time you’ll need it the most. But it’s more important that your consistent—no matter the time of the year, AC maintenance should be scheduled once a year.