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Air Conditioner Tune Up

It’s Time for Your Yearly Air Conditioning Check Up

One of the best things you can do for your home’s air conditioning system is to maintain it properly. The average residential central AC runs as much as 3,300 hours every year. That is the equivalent of driving 214,000 miles in your car. While you’d never dream of driving a vehicle that long without regular maintenance, when it comes to air conditioners the same set of standards don’t seem to apply. In fact, many homeowners go years and years without ever tuning up their AC units. If this sounds like you, you could be wasting thousands of dollars a year by running a system that’s not running as efficiently as possible.Don’t Wait Until It Breaks

Maintain A Comfortable Temperature

With regular professional maintenance, your air conditioner will operate at or near its original factory performance for longer. This improved efficiency means that the unit doesn’t have to run as long or work as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature; this helps you save big time on utility costs and system repairs. A system that’s well-maintained – and not working harder than it needs to – will also last longer.

Yearly Tune-Ups Offer Other Savings

Besides greater energy efficiency and increased household utility savings, regular tune-ups can offer other savings, too. A professional technician who is tuning up your system will likely find minor problems like loose electrical connections or low coolant levels that can be fixed quickly and cheaply during the course of the check-up. If these small problems aren’t caught early, they can often lead to more serious and more expensive repairs down the road.

Leaking Refrigerant

For example, if your AC unit is leaking refrigerant, a technician can fix the leak in just a few minutes for just a few dollars more than the charge for the tune-up. However, if that same leak is neglected or goes undetected for weeks or months, it can drain the refrigerant completely and burn out the air conditioner’s compressor. A new compressor can be very costly. Not only that, but a unit that’s leaking coolant doesn’t run as efficiently as it could so you’re likely to waste hundreds of dollars in energy costs until the problem is fixed.

What To Expect From Our Tune-Up

Your 21-Point Air Conditioning Precision Tune-Up and Professional Cleaning Includes:

  1. Calibrate and level thermostat
  2. Clean filters as needed
  3. Monitor volts/amps on fan motor
  4. Lubricate and inspect bearings for wear
  5. Clean indoor coil if accessible
  6. Flush/treat condensate drain with anti-algae
  7. Inspect condenser coil
  8. Monitor operating pressure of refrigerant
  9. Inspect safety devices for proper operation
  10. Inspect disconnect box for proper rating and installation
  11. Tighten all electrical connections
  12. Test/inspect contactors for burned, pitted contacts
  13. Inspect electrical system for exposed wiring
  14. Test and inspect capacitors
  15. Inspect fan blade
  16. Clean condenser coil and remove debris
  17. Inspect service valves for proper operation
  18. Measure temperature difference – supply/return
  19. Inspect duct work for energy loss
  20. Monitor compressor for proper amperage, volt draw & wiring connections
  21. Clean debris from around the condenser

Contact Horizon Services

While all HVAC equipment should be checked by a professional once a year, and an HVAC professional should always be called in to deal with major issues or repairs, you can extend the life of your HVAC system by taking just a few minutes each month to perform a few simple inspection and cleaning duties.

And, if you are ready to install or replace a heater or air conditioner our friendly and experienced team of Comfort Specialists know heating and air conditioning systems inside and out. They’ll take the time to study your home, understand your heating and cooling requirements, show you all of your options and assist you with finding the quality home comfort system that best meets your family’s needs and budget.

 

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(4) Comments

  1. HVAC Annapolis April 18th, 2012 at 10:47 pm


    While it may seem as if you are initially putting money down the drain to have regular HVAC tune-ups, you are actually saving yourself significantly in the future. It keeps you from replacing your unit too soon, and it helps you cut down on energy bills – something every home owner desires.

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  2. Pittsburgh HVAC Equipment June 5th, 2012 at 1:48 am


    This is such a wonderful blog. I love reading your articles. Keep up the great work!

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  3. Jak Smith February 4th, 2014 at 5:58 am


    Furnace and Air Conditioners are designed to change the temperature by air moving this air throughout your home.

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  4. Allen smith May 9th, 2014 at 3:22 am


    With regular maintenance from your HVAC Contractor your air conditioner will operate at or near its original factory performance for longer. This improved efficiency means that the unit doesn’t have to run as long or work as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature; this helps you save big time on utility costs and system repairs. A system that’s well-maintained and not working harder than it needs to will also last longer.

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