What to expect from an HVAC Contractor Provided Tune-Up
No matter where you live, temperatures are on the rise. Spring is here and this is the perfect time for an air conditioning tune-up in your home. HVAC contractors are in demand during summer and winter months, so scheduling a tune up now could save you from an expensive and inopportune AC repair when temperatures are at their highest.
Keeping your air conditioning system running smoothly through the hottest months of the year will help keep your family comfortable and your energy costs as low as possible. According to the EPA’s Energy Star program, proper maintenance by a qualified technician is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent future problems.
You should plan on getting a tune up twice a year: get your heating system checked in the fall and your AC system checked in the spring.
Here are some things an HVAC contractor will do during an AC tune up:
• Tighten the electrical connections and measure voltage and current. A bad electrical connection is a safety concern, and can cause undue wear-and-tear on your system.
• Lubricate moving parts. Parts that aren’t lubricated properly can cause friction in motors and drive up your power bill.
• Inspect the condensate drain. A drain that’s plugged can cause water damage in your home.
• Measure the airflow over the indoor coil. A technician who corrects airflow rates can improve efficiency of your system by as much as 10%.
• Clean the evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils. Cleaning the coils helps decrease energy costs and wear-and-tear on your air conditioning system.
HVAC contractors can also recharge the refrigerant in your air conditioning system. Doing so can improve your system’s efficiency by 20% according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
You should rely on an air conditioning contractor to do most of the maintenance on your AC system. But there is something you can do yourself to help keep your air conditioning system running at peak performance. Change your air filter. Dirty air filters slow down airflow in your home and waste energy. Plus the dirt and dust can clog up your system causing bigger problems down the road.
Depending on where you live, you should change the filter anywhere from four times a year to once a month. Air filters may be located in the duct system instead of within the heating and cooling equipment. If you’re not sure where your air filter is, or how to change it, ask your HVAC contractor. Changing your air filter will help your AC system run more efficiently and it will help improve the air quality in your home.
An easy way to remember it’s time for a tune up is to schedule appointments with your HVAC professional when you adjust your clocks for daylight saving time. Each year when you “spring forward,” contact a technician to check your air conditioning system. And when you “fall back,” call an HVAC contractor to check your heating system.