AC Repair and How To Go About It

June 8 2017

Early air conditioner maintenance can prevent many small problems from becoming much larger ones. If you schedule an air conditioner checkup during the spring with R.F. Ohl, you will beat the longer wait times and higher prices with peak season in the summer. 

The Importance Of Having An Updated AC System

To start with, most modern cooling systems come with cooling features aimed at improving indoor comfort. For instance, some systems come with a variable air speed adjuster. You can use this feature to improve cooling efficiency in your home without sacrificing comfort. At the same time, high efficiency air conditioners regulate humidity levels better than standard air conditioners. They achieve this goal by using a continuous air circulation mechanism. This mechanism is used instead of the intermittent cooling functionality associated with traditional AC systems.
One of the main problems associated with AC systems that rely on/on-off cycling is they are prone to injecting extremely cold bursts of air indoors when they start running. This, in turn, degrades the comfort of residents. In comparison, the design of high efficiency units provide minimal variation in indoor temperature. Another benefit of installing an updated and more efficient AC is lower risk of breakdowns. This is largely because high efficiency units are not prone to the wear and tear risks associated with on-off cycling. As stated earlier, homeowners who install updated air conditioners benefit from lower maintenance costs. Besides this, modern ductless AC systems can cool indoor spaces efficiently with or without a duct network.
Air conditioning is an important part of any modern home, and air filters are also vital to the proper functioning of AC systems.
 
Similar to how you visit your general practitioner every year for a check-up, an air conditioner tune-up is an annual visit to make sure your central air conditioning is healthy and running properly. Most common A/C system tune-ups will entail condenser coil cleaning, calibrating the thermostat, evaluating your refrigerant levels and observing for leaks, examining and tightening all electrical parts, and analyzing the operation of the blower belt and motor. Make sure that your HVAC technician follows each of the Tune-up steps:

 
  • Replace or clean standard home air filters
  • Tighten electrical connections
  • Assess volts and amps
  • Lubricate all moving parts
  • Clean condensate drain
  • Apply protective coating
  • In-place cleaning of blower components
  • Assess cooling cycle
  • Issue biocide treatment
  • Clean condenser coil

Mini-Split System

Catching Small Problems Before They Become Big Problems

Annual air conditioner maintenance greatly increases the chances that your A/C technician will catch small problems. Repairing a small refrigerant leak will not cost you much more than a service call. However, if this leak became worse, it could cost thousands of dollars to buy a new compressor. Also, when you air conditioner is working at optimal efficiency, it will save the home owner in the long term because when running at optimal efficiency the HVAC unit will use less energy.
All you have to do is contact a local HVAC technician about coming out to perform basic air conditioner maintenance. As mentioned before, the best time to do this is in the spring or early summer, before everyone else turns on their air conditioner and realizes it needs to be worked on.
 

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