Today we are talking about Santa Clarita Air conditioner companies. When it comes to your HVAC equipment, do you typically just run your heater and air conditioner on auto until something breaks? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. What we want to talk about on our HVAC blog today are three things. Why HVAC maintnance is important, DIY ac maintnance tips, and what you should expect from an AC tune up.
Why is HVAC maintenance important?
As much as we would like to say, “take it from us, HVAC maintenance is important” we have to back up our statement with proof of concept. Below is an excerpt from a recent blog post from the department of energy. We will be refering back to that article a little later on as well.
The department of energy says ” Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases.”
Other sources for why AC tune up’s are important include all of the major AC equipment manufacturers who often ask that in order to keep your warranty in tact you must provide proof of maintnance. Our friends at YORK talk about AC tune ups HERE.
DIY HVAC Tips
So we know getting an HVAC tune up is good for the life of your air conditioner. But what can you do on your own to maintain good air flow and prevent breakdowns. Here are our top three DIY air conditioner maintnance tips.
- Take a hose to the outside of the condensor to make sure there is no debris blocking the airflow.
- Be sure to change yor indoor air filters monthly or bi-monthly
- Invest in a programable thermostat if you don’t already have one to regulate the usage of your HVAC system, reducing its work load.
What should you expect from an AC tune up?
We know that an anuall AC tune up from a professional air conditioner service company is a good idea, we have a few things we can do ourselves to keep our HVAC system runnning smoothly but now it is time to hire a professional hvac technician to do a detailed air conditioner check and furnace check twice per year. An AC tune up in Santa Clarita runs anywhere fron $60 to $100 dollars. The investment will more than pay for itself in utility savings over the year. Plus most AC companies will provide a satisfaction guarantee on your ac tune up investment.
Heres a checklist provided by our previously mentioned source www.energy.gov
- Check for correct amount of refrigerant
- Test for refrigerant leaks using a leak detector
- Capture any refrigerant that must be evacuated from the system, instead of illegally releasing it to the atmosphere
- Check for and seal duct leakage in central systems
- Measure airflow through the evaporator coil
- Verify the correct electric control sequence and make sure that the heating system and cooling system cannot operate simultaneously
- Inspect electric terminals, clean and tighten connections, and apply a non-conductive coating if necessary
- Oil motors and check belts for tightness and wear
- Check the accuracy of the thermostat.
As always if you live in Santa Clarita or surrounding areas, give Pacific Aire a call to assist you with your Air Conditioner tune up needs.