The Department of Energy recommends that all air conditioning units have regular and proper maintenance. Air conditioning units all have filters, coils, and fins that require regular maintenance and cleaning in order for the unit to function properly, effectively, and efficiently. Neglecting required maintenance on these units can result in decreased performance of the system and costly repair or replacement bills. Regular maintenance of your AC units will also save you money on your energy bills.
Annual HVAC system maintenance is incredibly important. The purpose of preventative maintenance is to keep your HVAC system up and running all season long with no surprise breakdowns while operating at top efficiency. Because your HVAC system is not something you see in your home regularly, it’s easy to forget about it and neglect it. Out of sight, out of mind.
When it comes to the maintenance of your air conditioning units, there are some things you should leave to the professionals. Check them out below:
Check thermostat settings – the thermostat should be set for the unit to come on when it’s too warm in your home, and be off when it reaches a comfortable temperature. If your thermostat isn’t accurately programmed or broken, it can lead to discomfort and high energy consumption. If you notice your house is often too warm, this could be the culprit.
Inspections – Hire a company with professionals to inspect the gas pressure, burner combustion, and heat exchanger (heating specific). Incorrect pressure, a dirty burner, or a cracked heat exchanger can result in improper burner operation and can be extremely dangerous.
Tighten electrical connections – This requires specific tools that professional technicians have. Loose connections are dangerous and can cause improper operation that shortens the equipment’s lifespan. The technician also measures voltage and current on equipment motors to gauge the unit’s safety and efficiency.
Clean and adjust the blower – Issues with the blower can decrease equipment efficiency by up to 15 percent. Making adjustments ensures proper airflow and ample home comfort. This job also requires the expertise and specific tools that technicians have.
Checking the refrigerant charge – If the air conditioner was charged too high at installation, you could be paying much more than necessary to cool your home. This has to do with your AC unit’s overall efficiency. An undercharged system can also develop if the system has a leak. Technicians check for these circumstances, repair any leaks that are present, and recharges the system if necessary.
When was the last time you had your air conditioning unit maintenanced? If you can’t remember, give us a call at (970) 541-9244 to schedule your appointment. We have various maintenance plans to provide you with peace of mind and work with your budget. Our mission is to ensure your equipment is running at peak efficiency and to detect any problems before bigger issues arise. Remember, air conditioning units should be maintenanced at least once a year.