Our Recommended A/C Tune-Up Checklist
We recommend a routine tune-up for your air conditioning system once a year. By maintaining your unit regularly, weaknesses or underlying issues can be determined and fixed immediately, giving you peace of mind. Our recommended maintenance checklist is listed below.
1. Replace your 1” pleated “ allergy” filter
You’ll breathe easier with a clean filter. Air conditioning filters allow your system to run more efficiently, saving you money on energy bills and preventing costly repairs or replacement. A clean filter improves your home’s air quality. The dense mesh material traps and eliminates allergens like pollen and mold, promoting a cleaner living environment for you and your family.
2. Clean the evaporator and condenser coils.
While a clean filter can help keep your air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil free of dust and grime, months or years of use can still cause dirt to collect. Dirt can reduce airflow and insulate the coil, reducing its ability to absorb heat. We will carefully examine and clean your AC coils to ensure smooth operation.
3. Inspect, clean, and prevent mold build-up in the drain line.
The condensate drain serves an important role in removing condensation produced by your AC’s evaporator coil. Without routine inspection and cleaning, algae and mold can grow inside and clog the drain, causing increased humidity, musty odors, and even water damage inside your home. Our certified HVAC technicians thoroughly clean the drain line and insert anti-algae tablets into the drain pan to prevent slime build-up from dampening your summer plans.
4. Inspect all cooling operations.
The purpose of your air conditioning unit is to keep you and your family cool, after all. During our AC tune-ups, we measure the temperature difference between the supply and return air, or the temperature drop. Through this process, we can define the performance of your air conditioning system to ensure it’s running effectively.
5. Record and measure the amp draw on your AC’s motors.
Amp draw is a measurement of the power being used by the motor to move the air through your air conditioning system. Improper amperage can drastically reduce the life of the compressor, evaporator and condenser motor by putting more stress on the unit. We can locate this issue before new parts are necessary.
6. Inspect unit for proper refrigerant level and adjust if necessary.
If your refrigerant levels are low, there may be a leak in your system. A Freon leakage prompts an environmental and operational hazard, and can result in a compressor failure and other system problems. Through proper maintenance and regular tune-ups, we can catch any potential problems before they arise.
7. Visually inspect ductwork.
Nobody likes to pay more than they need to. Duct leakage can lower energy efficiency by 20% in a well-operating air conditioner. In order to ensure your air conditioning unit is running efficiently, we visually inspect all ductwork to prevent loose duct connections, supply leaks, kinks restricting airflow, and more. Ductwork is very susceptible to damage and should be examined regularly.