Are you interested in scheduling your annual air conditioner maintenance check-up but aren’t sure what it should include? To keep your system running at peak performance levels, you’ll want to make sure you get it checked once a year.
Air Conditioner Maintenance Check-up List
A typical maintenance inspection will likely include the following elements:
- Check the controls on the system, including the starting cycle, to ensure the unit starts, runs, and shuts off as it should.
- Checking the thermostat settings to make sure that the air conditioner will keep your interior air temperature comfortable when you and your family are at home.
- Measuring the voltage and current using meters and tightening the electrical connections.
- Lubricating all the moving parts on the unit.
- Check and inspect the condensation drain. If it becomes plugged, it can cause water damage in your home and affect humidity levels.
- Clean the evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils. If they get dirty, the system runs less efficiently and you will have higher energy costs. It will also reduce the life of your equipment.
- Clean the blower components to ensure that they are providing the proper airflow to the system. Airflow issues can reduce the system’s efficiency by as much as 15 percent.
- Check the refrigerant level and make any necessary adjustments. Too much or too little will affect the unit’s efficiency and its lifespan.
What You Can Do Yourself
Make a point of inspecting, cleaning, and changing the air filters every month on your central air conditioner to keep it running at its best. Pay close attention to power bills and consumption to ensure you are not spending more over time on a less efficient heating and cooling system and have regular maintenance performed by a NATE certified specialist.