If you don’t know this already, regular maintenance for your heating and air conditioning units is very important. The people who don’t realize this are often those whose systems unexpectedly break down, leaving them without any heating or air conditioning during some of the most uncomfortable times of year.
For the small amount of money it costs to schedule a professional tuneup, the return on your investment can be huge. Besides helping avoid unexpected breakdowns, tune-ups are important for helping your unit recover lost efficiency, operate more safely, increase the overall lifespan of the unit, improve your overall level of comfort, and reduce your operating expenses. Ideally your heating and air conditioning system should be inspected at least once a year.
What Goes Into an AC Tune-Up and Professional Cleaning?
A thorough tuneup should include the following:
· A comprehensive cleaning of the condenser coils. Doing so increases efficiency (which directly impacts energy costs) and can reduce the wear and tear on your system.
· Evaluation of the coolant level to help maintain peak operating performance. Lubrication of all moving parts to eliminate friction and wear that can increase your energy costs.
· A full calibration of your thermostat to verify proper operation.
· An inspection of the ductwork for possible energy loss.
· Tightening and inspection of all the electrical connections to verify safe system operation.
· Evaluate performance of the blower motor and the condition of the blower belt.
· Inspect and measure proper airflow and electrical specifications
These are just a few of the standard checks that should be performed by a reliable HVAC technician. Air Assurance offers a full 30 point check-up to help ensure your system is operating efficiently and reliably.
Trained Service Champions technicians will perform a 60-90 minute tune-up and professional cleaning including the following 26 procedures:
1. Blower Motor – measure amperage and voltage for proper operation
2. Thermostat – test for proper operation, calibrate, and level
3. Cleaning or Replacing existing air filter (as needed)
4. Bearings – inspect for wear and lubricate
5. Inspect indoor coil if accessible
6. Confirm proper return air and size
7. Inspect Condenser Coil
8. Refrigerant – monitor operating pressures
9. Safety Devices – inspect for proper operation
10. Test/ Inspect Condensate Drain Lines
11. Electrical Disconnect Box – inspect for proper rating and safe installation
12. Electrical Wiring – inspect and tighten connections
13. Test/inspect contactors for burned, pitted contacts
14. Test and Measure Fan Motor Amps
15. Inspect electrical for exposed wiring
16. Inspect and test capacitors
17. Inspect fan blade
18. Clean condenser coil and remove debris
19. Inspect service valves for proper operation
20. Measure Supply/Return temperature differential
21. Measure Static Pressure of the duct system
22. Measure Static Pressure of the comfort system
23. Inspect ductwork for potential energy loss
24. Compressor – monitor, measure amperage and volt draw and wiring connections
25. Check Unit for Time Delay Relay
26. Check Crank Case Heater if applicable
27. Check Unit for Isolation Pads and Proper Clearances
28. Inspect suction line for proper fittings
29. Inspect all fittings for signs of oil and/or leakage
30. Check the condition of Blower Belt, if applicable