There are many moving parts within any air conditioning system, with every one of them, needing to be in proper order for the entire system to work efficiently. Neglecting to do regular maintenance and proper repairs to your AC system will ensure a steady decline regarding its performance, all the while raising your energy use, as well as your costs.
Equally as important is to remember that the AC system is responsible for much of the air that you breathe inside the home. If not properly maintained, a malfunctioning system will cause your indoor air quality to drop significantly. Having a professional repair and maintenance crew look your AC over and do the necessary repairs, will save you a lot of money over time, and also ensure that your indoor air quality remains at optimum levels throughout the day.
What the Technician Will Do When Inspecting Your AC System
A professional technician is recommended every time your AC system is scheduled for a maintenance check. The reason for this is so the technician can inspect for many more potential issues and see whether everything is in proper working order.
Thanks to their specialized equipment and years of experience, a professional AC technician can:
- Check to see whether there is an optimum amount of refrigerant within the system.
- Test for any refrigerant leaks using a leak detector and see where it originates from.
- Capture any leaking refrigerant, if there is any, from escaping into the system and the atmosphere (which is illegal).
- Inspect the air duct system and seal potential leaks.
- Measure the airflow going through the evaporator coil.
- Inspecting the electronic control sequence ensures that it is working correctly. Also, making sure that the heating and cooling systems do not operate simultaneously at any given time.
- Inspect all electric terminals to determine if they need any cleaning or tightening of connections, and apply a layer of non-conductive coating, if necessary.
- Check the accuracy of the thermostat and look for any other signs of weathering.
The Importance of Regular AC Maintenance
Specific components of your AC system experience more wear and tear than others and these need to be regularly inspected to make sure that they are working correctly.
The AC Filters – As these keep out any pollutants or air particles from entering your home, it is essential to inspect and, if required, replace them when needed. A clogged or dirty air filter will obstruct the normal airflow passing through the system and will reduce its overall efficiency by up to 15%.
AC Coils – Over time, the evaporator and condenser coils will collect dirt, reducing their effectiveness considerably. So it will require more energy to function at desired levels, leading to a higher energy bill in the process.
Coil Fins and Condensate Drains – The thin aluminum fins on the coils can easily become bent which will obstruct the normal airflow to the coil. Likewise, the drain channel can also become clogged, preventing the unit from eliminating excess moisture, which can infiltrate your walls, causing even more problems.
An AC system is an incremental part of every household, and there are plenty of subsystems that can malfunction over the course of its lifetime. By hiring a professional technician to inspect and repair your AC system, you can be sure that everything is working correctly and your AC system is not costing you more than it should.