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What Techs Check During Spring Maintenance

- May 7, 2019



As a home or building-owner, why should you strongly consider a springtime maintenance check-up for your HVAC equipment?  It will keep your heat pump or A/C working at its highest efficiency, which will keep your utility bills at the lowest cost throughout the upcoming cooling season.

Schedule a maintenance appointment with a qualified HVAC technician so they can inspect your system and make the repairs and/or adjustments that will prevent larger and more costly problems down the road. Plus, did you know regularly-scheduled maintenance will extend the life of your home or commercial building’s cooling system?  It will ensure you get the maximum lifespan from your HVAC equipment!

Here are some of the things your HVAC tech will check on your cooling system during a springtime HVAC maintenance check-up:

Check refrigerant levels: Refrigerant in an air conditioner is supposed to stay at the same level throughout the unit’s lifetime. If the level has fluctuated, it means there’s a leak that needs to be located and sealed to prevent further loss of refrigerant.  The technician will also replace any lost refrigerant once the leak is repaired.

Lubricate motors and other mechanical parts: While your equipment works over time, dust can create extra friction for the unit’s motors and they’ll lose their lubrication. Re-lubricating these parts will alleviate a great deal of stress on the system by keeping the moving parts in proper shape.

Tighten loose electrical connections: Electrical issues are one of the most common issues that can hinder an air conditioner. Tightening any loose connections will prevent future problems down the road, and will prevent you from being without cooling capabilities until the problem gets fixed.

Clean the outdoor evaporator coil: The outdoor coil in your system picks up dust, dirt, and other grime throughout all the seasons. Keeping it clean will help the AC work at its efficient, saving you money in turn!

Clean the condensate pan and drain: Algae growth can lead to a clog, and if the pan overflows, it will cause the system to switch off and could cause extensive water damage.

Calibrate the thermostat: The thermostat is vital to the proper operation of the air conditioner as it controls the temperature setting for the entire system. If the thermostat has become uncalibrated, it will read incorrect temperatures. But don’t worry, the technician can fix this!

In addition to the above steps, there are many more technical aspects that technicians check during a maintenance check-up. If you’re a home or building owner, we can connect you with a qualified HVAC technician who can get your HVAC system prepped for the upcoming cooling season!

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