If you don’t know this already, regular maintenance for your heating and air conditioning units is very important. The people who don’t realize this are often those whose systems unexpectedly break down, leaving them without any heating or air conditioning during some of the most uncomfortable times of year.
For the small amount of money it costs to schedule a professional tune-up, the return on your investment can be huge. Besides helping avoid unexpected breakdowns, tune-ups are important for helping your unit recover lost efficiency, operate more safely, increase the overall lifespan of the unit, improve your overall level of comfort, and reduce your operating expenses. Ideally your heating and air conditioning system should be inspected at least once a year.
What Goes Into an AC Tune-Up and Professional Cleaning?
A thorough tune-up should include the following:
• A comprehensive cleaning of the condenser coils. Doing so increases efficiency (which directly impacts energy costs) and can reduce the wear and tear on your system.
• Evaluation of the coolant level to help maintain peak operating performance. Lubrication of all moving parts to eliminate friction and wear that can increase your energy costs.
• A full calibration of your thermostat to verify proper operation.
• An inspection of the ductwork for possible energy loss.
• Tightening and inspection of all the electrical connections to verify safe system operation.
• Evaluate performance of the blower motor and the condition of the blower belt.
These are just a few of the standard checks that should be performed by a reliable HVAC technician. Service Champions offers a full 26 point check-up to help ensure your system is operating efficiently and reliably.
Trained Service Champions technicians will perform a 60-90 minute tune-up and professional cleaning including the following 26 procedures:
1. Blower Motor – measure amperage and voltage for proper operation
2. Thermostat – test for proper operation, calibrate, and level
3. Cleaning existing air filter (as needed)
4. Bearing – inspect for wear and lubricate
5. Inspect indoor coil if accessible
6. Confirm proper return air and size
7. Inspect Condenser Coil
8. Refrigerate – monitor operating pressures
9. Safety Devices – inspect for proper operation
10. Electrical Disconnect Box – inspect for proper rating and safe installation
11. Electrical Wiring – inspect and tighten connections
12. Test/inspect contactors for burned, pitted contacts
13. Inspect electrical for exposed wiring
14. Inspect and test capacitors
15. Inspect fan blade
16. Clean condenser coil and remove debris
17. Inspect service valves for proper operation
18. Measure Supply/Return temperature differential
19. Inspect ductwork for energy loss
20. Compressor – monitor, measure amperage and volt draw and wiring connections
21. Check Unit for Time Delay Relay
22. Check Unit for Isolation Pads
23. Inspect suction line for proper fittings
24. Inspect all fittings for signs of oil and/or leakage
25. Check lines and fittings with refrigerant leak detector