It’s officially spring, which means it’s time to schedule your yearly air conditioning tune-up.
Of course, the quality of your professional air conditioning maintenance depends on the technicians that perform the service, but there are some things that most licensed HVAC companies should perform.
Professional Air Conditioning Tune-Up Steps
If you have a licensed HVAC technician inspect your heating and/or cooling system, they should perform a full inspections and cleaning, including:
- Thermostat – To ensure your thermostat is working properly, the technician should calibrate the thermostat and make sure it is installed properly and located away from all heat sources, including light bulbs and heat-producing appliances.
- Check/Tighten Electrical Connections – Technicians inspects electrical connections to make sure they are operating safely. Checking and tightening electrical connections catches potential electrical hazards and helps to improve the lifespan your heating and cooling system.
- Lubricate Moving Parts – This ensures that you aren’t causing any unnecessary damage to moving parts with friction. Lack of lubrication causes system parts to break down more quickly, requiring more frequent repairs and/or replacements.
- Check and Clear Condensate Drain Line – Clearing your A/C’s condensate line ensures that your air conditioner can properly drain liquid condensate. If your drain cline becomes clogged, this can cause water leaks and other moisture and wetness problems. Condensate drain cleanings also get rid of any mold and bacteria around your drain line. Your technician will also check if you have a cracked condensate drain pain and be able to repair or replace any leaking condensate drain lines that you may have.
- Check System Controls – This ensures proper cycling and safe operation for your HVAC system. It’s important to check if your system is starting, operating, and shutting off properly.
- Change or Clean Change Air Filter – This ensures that you have a working and clean air filter that is suitable for your exiting system. Although you are able to change your filter yourself (and you should!), your HVAC contractor might point out a better filter or filtration system that you should be using.
Service Champions’ Air Conditioning Tune-Up & Safety Inspection
Trained Service Champions technicians will perform a 60-90 minute precision tune-up and professional cleaning including the following 20 operations:
- Blower Motor – measure amperage and voltage for proper operation
- Thermostat – test for proper operation, calibrate and level
- Clean existing air filter (as needed)
- Bearing – inspect for wear and lubricate
- Inspect indoor coil
- Condensate Drain – flush and treat with anti-algae
- Inspect Condenser Coil
- Refrigerant – monitor operating pressures
- Safety Devices – inspect for proper operation
- Electrical Disconnect Box – inspect for proper rating and safe installation
- Electrical Wiring – inspect and tighten connections
- Test/inspect contactors for burned, pitted contacts
- Check electrical for exposed wiring
- Inspect and test capacitors
- Inspect fan blade
- Clean condenser coil and remove debris
- Inspect service valves for proper operation
- Measure Supply/Return temperature differential
- Inspect duct work for energy loss
- Compressor – monitor, measure amperage and volt draw and wiring connections
Service Champions is currently offering a 2-for-1 Tune-Up Special for only $59. Hurry, the offer expires for good on March 31, 2018. Call or schedule service online for your annual furnace and A/C system tune-up.