As the weather starts to heat up, it's time to think about servicing your air conditioning system. When you get your system cleaned and maintained before you have to turn it on every day, you will be able to optimize your system and spend less money on utility costs. Your air filters should be changed, and your system will need to be inspected to make sure it is working efficiently. An HVAC technician will come to inspect your system and look for any repairs that are needed. It's a process, and the technician will carefully test and inspect your system during a maintenance visit. If any repairs are needed, you will be provided with an estimate for the repairs before any work is done.
Inspecting and Cleaning the Condenser Coil
The condenser coil is where the work of removing heat from the refrigerant takes place. The condenser coil can get dirty, and your technician will clean the condenser coil using pressurized water or chemical cleaner if it is really dirty. If this step isn't done, your air conditioner may not be as efficient as it could be.
Checking the Thermostat
A broken thermostat can make it impossible to reach the right temperature in your home, no matter what it is set at. A faulty thermostat can cause short cycling, and your unit will turn on and off without fully cooling down your home. The technician will test the thermostat by running your air conditioner and testing the temperature to see if it reaches the correct reading at about the ten-minute mark. This will include a wet bulb reading using a damp cloth to test your thermostat's ability with 100% humidity.
Refrigerant Levels and Filters
Your technician will also check that your filters are clean and that the refrigerant levels are where they should be. Low refrigerant leads to short cycling and can make it difficult to cool down your home. Dirty filters can cause your system to get too hot and shut off. Belts and other internal components will also be checked to determine if anything needs to be repaired.
Get ready for the upcoming hot weather by calling for an HVAC technician now. When you schedule early, you'll be able to get a technician to your home faster, and you will be ready to use your air conditioner every day once it is time. Get the repairs that are needed, and be ready to stay cool this summer.