Air conditioning maintenance, you’ve heard it before. Many HVAC companies recommend that you get your air conditioning system checked at least twice a year by a professional. This allows your technician to catch small problems before they become big ones and ensure your system is working properly before the thick heat of summer arrives. But what do those AC checks actually entail? We’ve covered the top seven things that happen during a routine air conditioning maintenance walk-through below.
How Does AC Maintenance Work?
The best news about air conditioning maintenance is that after you schedule your appointment, your HVAC technician will do the rest. Fortunately, the entire walk-through tends to take about an hour or less, so this is an easy step you can take to extend the life of your unit.
What Is Included in AC Maintenance?
During your air conditioning maintenance check, your HVAC technician will do the following:
- Inspect the thermostat to determine if it is reading the temperature of your home correctly. If it isn’t, they will help you to recalibrate it.
- Check the condenser and evaporator coils to make sure they are unobstructed, clean, and able to release and absorb heat.
- Clean and lubricate fan motors to relieve mechanical stress and help extend their life.
- Double-check the refrigerant levels to ensure there isn’t a leak.
- Check and tighten all electric connections.
- Clean/Empty the drain pan so it isn’t at risk of overflowing.
- Replace or clean the air filter. This is something you should be doing once per month, but your technician will take care of it for you once during your appointment.
If, during your air conditioning maintenance check, your technician uncovers potential problems or mechanical issues, don’t delay in getting them serviced. Small inconveniences can become large (and expensive) problems later on. The last thing anyone wants is a broken HVAC system in the middle of a 100-degree summer heatwave.
Repairing or Replacing Your System
Fortunately, newer systems can typically be repaired, but if your unit is ten years old or older, it may be time to start considering options for your next one. Many technological advancements have improved HVAC systems, and they are great at keeping you comfortable while saving you money.
For example, Trane’s most efficient system, the XV20i TruComfort™ Variable Speed, has variable cooling stages and is rated up to 22 SEER. Paired with their ComfortLink™ II XL1050 programmable thermostat, it’s easy to manage your home comfort from one convenient place while the system works to save you money.
Contact Us Today
Whether you’re looking for seasonal maintenance for your unit, or are looking to upgrade to a more energy-efficient system, the experienced technicians at Air Tech of Humble can help. To set up a service or repair appointment, or to learn more about our selection of units by Trane, contact us today or give us a call!