Ahhh, spring is in the air. The flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up, and the scorching summer temperatures are right around the corner. Don’t let the summer heat catch you off guard! Now is the time to take care of your A/C maintenance so you will be prepared when the temps start to rise.
Maintaining your system before the summer gets started is critical to ensuring that the system is functioning properly, which improves performance and lengthens the life of the unit. An added bonus is that a well-maintained unit works more efficiently — that means you save money and feel cooler in your home!
Get started with a few easy tasks
The condenser unit is the box outside your house that contains the most important components of your A/C system. There are some maintenance items that are best left to the professionals, and TemperaturePro has the knowledgeable and experienced professionals to do that job for you.
Before we come out to check your unit, there are a few items that you can take care of to get your system ready for summer.
- Clean the air condenser unit with a hose. This will remove any dust, sand, and insects that accumulate over the winter months while the unit has not been in use.
- Clear debris from around the unit. Any bushes that have become overgrown, weeds, or other debris that have collected around the unit can reduce the efficiency of the unit. These items restrict the airflow that allows the unit to expel hot air from the coil. Your condenser unit needs to be able to “breathe” in order to work properly.
- Change air filters every 4-6 weeks. Clogged air filters restrict airflow into the unit, putting a strain on the blower and, again, reducing the efficiency of your system.
- Finally, get a professional tune up. Don’t wait until the summer heat hits hard to take this final step. Be proactive now to avoid problems when the temps really start to rise!
Time to call in the professionals
According to the Department of Energy, keeping up with regular maintenance on your A/C unit and furnace can save energy and lower your bills by 10-20%. Almost anyone, regardless of handyman skills, can perform the maintenance tasks we already mentioned; however, some tasks are best left to the professionals. In order to perform these maintenance tasks, power to the unit needs to disconnected. In addition, the chemicals used to clean the condenser coils are not available to the general public. Finally there are special
While this may present a small investment in the short term, in long run you will offset most of that cost by improving the performance of the unit and by increasing the comfort in the house. When your unit is in tiptop shape, your house is easier and cheaper to cool!
TemperaturePro Preventative Maintenance
TemperaturePro recommends one of our experienced and professional technicians come to service your unit two times per year. The technician will inspect the unit, check the thermostat settings, tighten all the electrical connections, measure pressure and voltage, and lubricate all the moving parts.
Some of the other important tasks the technician will perform include:
- Inspecting the condensate drain. If this drain becomes clogged, the unit can be damaged.
- Checking the controls for both the furnace and the condensate systems.
- Cleaning the evaporative coil. This is one of the most important tasks that the technician will perform to help your system run efficiently.
- Checking the refrigerant levels and checking for refrigerant leaks.
- Adjusting the blower component.
The technician can also anticipate any future repairs. For instance, if the unit is underperforming in one area or if a capacitor is already heating up and may need to be replaced soon, the technician can suggest repairs at the time of inspection, rather than waiting for the part to fail in the heat of summer. Your A/C unit needs attention and maintenance, just like your car. You can choose to make repairs now or wait, but you will not be unpleasantly surprised in the middle of summer!
Call us today!
Customers who have our Service Agreement for Preventive Maintenance receive all the maintenance listed here plus a 10% discount on additional repairs including materials and labor. We do all the maintenance, and you are eligible for discounts on any parts and repairs.
Regular maintenance is so important to extend the life of the unit, avoid costly repairs, and save you money!
Call us now to make your spring appointment. Don’t delay your maintenance! Don’t get surprised by an emergency repair when the hot weather comes.