27 May What’s Involved in an Air Conditioning Tune Up?
With spring here and summer just around the corner, now is the ideal time to have your air conditioning system inspected and tuned up. Although we might not think about it, our air conditioning systems gather dust and particles throughout the year that can make them run less efficiently, costing you additional money in utilities and even contributing to a need for system or duct repair.
Regular maintenance for your air conditioning system is very important, and the beginning of warmer weather is the perfect time to get it done. But what is actually involved in an air conditioning tune up? Here we take a look at the overview of a professional air conditioning tune up process and how it benefits your cooling system as well as your wallet.
Professional Air Conditioning Tune Up
A professional air conditioner tune up is a must at least once a year, and preferably just before summer when you’re likely to be getting the most use out of your air conditioner. It’s always best to leave air conditioner service to your HVAC professional, as the process can involve high voltages and currents, so it may be extremely dangerous to attempt to do repairs yourself. Air conditioning tune ups are a relatively small investment in your system will pay dividends in saved utilities and repair costs in the long run.
The Tune Up Process
The tune up process involves a variety of steps to bring your air conditioner back to peak functionality. An overview of this process includes –
- Inspection of ductwork to ensure that cool air is being transported around the home efficiently and with minimal loss.
- Thorough cleaning of condenser coils to improve efficiency and reduce wear and tear on your system.
- Inspection of coolant levels and pressure to maintain peak efficiency.
- Lubrication of moving parts to reduce inefficiency through excess friction as well as wear and tear.
- Calibration of your thermostat to verify proper operation.
- Inspecting and tightening electrical connections such as wiring, contacts, capacitors and relays to ensure safe system operation and avoid expensive repairs.
- Checking the performance of the blower motor and condition of the belt to stay on top of any necessary repairs.
- Inspection of the outdoor disconnect.
- Assessing the compressor amps at startup.
- Checking other aspects of safety and efficiency for optimum function.
A qualified and professional air conditioning contractor should include all of these steps, in order to optimize the function and performance of your air conditioning, and minimize inefficiency and damage.
Maintaining Your Air Conditioning
To keep your cooling systems functioning smoothly through summer and all year round, there’s a few things you can do yourself to keep your system in peak condition.
- Disconnect the electricity before touching your air conditioning unit.
- Remove leaves, sticks and other debris from the outside condensing unit.
- Rinse the compressor with a hose (ensure electricity is off!).
- Change or clean the AC filters for optimum function and cleaner air.
- Check fan belt tensions and check hoses for leaks and cracks.
With a yearly professional tune up, and guidance from your air conditioning contractor on how to maintain your system at home, you can ensure the longevity and peak function of your system for years to come.