Tuning Up for Spring

Most of us don’t think about our AC systems until the weather heats up. We just make the assumption that the air conditioning unit is out there, on the side of the house, waiting and ready to crank up and cool down our home as soon as we need it. When you think about it, that really is rather a lot to ask of your AC system!

Few of us leap out of bed and into action in the morning, ready to work within an instant of rising. Why should we expect our AC units to break their winter slumber and start pumping out cool air immediately upon our first command? A little off-season TLC will make the transition from the cool seasons to warm much easier on your AC system. Take care of your system and it will function better and prevent breakdowns.

Why get an AC tune-up?

Homeowners should remember that their AC unit is a lot like their car. It’s a machine that works hard and runs for long periods of time. It needs certain fluids and lubricants to function well. It’s exposed to the element and suffers wear and tear. Dirt, dust, pollen and other assorted grime can get inside and affect its performance. And much like your car, an annual tune-up makes a big difference.

When should I get an AC tune-up?

It’s best to get a tune when the weather is just starting to turn warm. Air conditioning maintenance should be done when the temperature is hovering around 75, which is a nice spring day Phoenix. If it’s any lower than that it will be difficult for your service technician to get reliable test results. If you’re looking to prevent problems, it’s best not to wait until the temperature is much higher either.

What should I expect form an AC tune-up?

There are a number of things a homeowner should expect from a professional AC tune-up but the first thing you should know is that it will take time. This won’t be a 5 minute service call if it’s done right! It will take your technician some time to complete a thorough examination and make any small fixes so they don’t become big repairs.

Here are a few things your technician should check:

  • Thermostat settings
  • Voltage
  • All system controls
  • Refrigerant levels
  • Condensate drain
  • Starting cycle
  • Valves
  • Safety devices

In addition to these checks, your technician may make some of these repairs:

  • Tighten electrical connections
  • Lubricate all moving parts
  • Clean the blower components
  • Clean the condenser coil
  • Clean and/or replace filters
  • Flush the condensate drain

Air conditioner maintenance is not something to be forgotten. Just like your car, you are counting on this machine to make your life better. Don’t expect it to leap to life after a winter’s worth of neglect. Give it the care it deserves so it can run at peak efficiency all summer long. You could be facing a few long, hot nights if you don’t!