As the weather warms, it’s time to take advantage of an air conditioner tune-up that will not only lower your cooling bills and length system life, it’ll also benefit a fund for childhood cancer research. We at Pacific Aire are donating $10 for each $77 tune up we perform. The donation goes to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a national non-denominational not-for-profit.
Cooling system manufacturers recommend service once a year for these appliances and may require it to keep the warranty active. A serviced cooling system will run more efficiently than one that’s neglected because the HVAC technicians tend to these elements of your system. Your technician will:
- Inspect the indoor and outdoor coils. The refrigerant that takes heat from your home flows through these coils and if they’re dirty, they won’t lose the heat as fast, making your equipment run longer.
- Vacuum the air handler to remove the dust. The easiest and least expensive thing you can do to improve your air conditioner’s efficiency and longevity is to keep an eye on the air filter and change it when it’s coated with dust. Dust inside the air handler retards the cooling process and can cause premature system failure.
- Check refrigerant levels. The only ways refrigerant levels can be off is if the installer put in the wrong amount in the first place or there’s a leak somewhere in the coils. The technician will look for the leak and fix it before he or she refills the system.
- Clean and tighten the electrical components. Dirty or loose components use more electricity and may pose a fire hazard, making this one of the most important tasks in an air conditioner tune-up.
- Oil the motors and tighten the belts. Lack of lubrication can burn up a motor.
- Verify that the drainpipe is completely open and cleaning the drain pan. Any blockage slows the drainage and could cause water damage indoors.
- Check the thermostat and recalibrating if necessary.
To learn more about an air conditioner tune-up and its benefits, contact the pros at Pacific Aire, Inc., providing HVAC services for Ventura and Santa Barbara homeowners since 1990.
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