South Florida homeowners know the value of a functioning air conditioning unit. Regular maintenance keeps your unit working effectively and Spring is the best time of year to schedule AC maintenance.
If you’re considering delaying your AC checkup until later this year, read on to discover what happens during maintenance services, and learn why Spring is the best time for AC maintenance.
AC units require regular maintenance to function safely and efficiently. Here is a quick run-down of the benefits of spring maintenance for your AC unit:
Like any maintenance service, your spring AC checkup should be comprehensive. HVAC systems are complex so there are many ways that things can go wrong. Your HVAC technician will inspect the following:
Homeowners know they should replace their air filters frequently but often forget or delay the simple task. Your HVAC technician will inspect your air filter to ensure it isn’t clogged with dirt or heavily soiled.
Dirty air filters require your AC unit to work harder to cool your home. This puts strain on the other components of the system, and it reduces the energy efficiency of your system.
Your AC unit uses evaporator and condenser coils to transfer heat and cool the inside of your home. During a spring AC inspection, your technician will make sure these coils are clean.
AC coil cleaning is important because it prevents dirt from building up on the coil which would make it harder to transfer heat. Cleaning the coils restores functionality and helps your unit run efficiently.
Many components of your HVAC system require electricity to run. During a spring AC maintenance service, your HVAC technician will inspect all electrical components of the system. This includes capacitors, motors, and electrical connections. Maintaining these components is essential to avoid system failures and spot faulty electrical work that poses an electrical fire risk.
Most thermostats slowly become less accurate over time. This isn’t necessarily due to damage and happens with typical use. Your technician will first check if your thermostat is giving accurate readings. If necessary, they’ll then recalibrate the thermostat to ensure your AC unit runs when it should and turns off when it isn’t needed.
Besides checking the electrical aspect of the motors, your technician will also use oil to lubricate them. This allows the moving parts to glide through their job, rather than grinding to a halt and damaging the system.
Refrigerant is a liquid that helps the evaporator and condenser coils transfer heat. When the refrigerant levels are too low, it becomes much harder for the AC to transfer heat and cool your home. Your technician will check up on the refrigerant levels to ensure there’s enough in the system. They will also repair any leaks that cause the levels to drop.
Your AC unit removes water from the air throughout the air conditioning process. It uses drain lines to transport this water outside your home and prevent internal water damage.
During a spring inspection, your HVAC technician will check to make sure the drain lines are removing water properly. They will remove any dirt or mold to keep the lines unclogged and functional.
Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric has served the homes of South Florida for 40 years. Whether you need an AC installation, emergency repair, or a spring AC maintenance checkup, we’re the people to call. Contact our friendly and experienced team at 561-391-1048 today.