As the warm weather comes to an end for the year, it is time to have your air conditioning system serviced to shut it down properly. This will ensure that it will be ready to start up again when the temperatures heat up again. The system worked hard all summer. You may not have noticed that the system was running more frequently or not cooling as well at the end of the season because problems often creep up slowly. An AC technician will inspect the system, opening the unit to check all parts and making any repairs necessary. Here are some of the tasks that need to be performed.
A technician will clean all the condenser coils so the system does not have to work extra hard to cool your home. They will also check the refrigerant level and top it off if it seems to be low. A tune-up also includes checking all belts and electrical connections to make sure they are not slipping or loose. With the motor on, they will watch for any loose bolts or parts that may fall into the system and cause damage.
It is important that the thermostat is properly calibrated to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. When the calibration is off, you may not realize it is causing the system to work harder than it needs to work. This may cause unnecessary wear and tear on the motor and other parts. If the system is running more frequently than it needs to run you will end up with more repair bills and need to replace the system sooner than if the thermostat was calibrated properly.
Dust, dirt, and grime build up in the ducts throughout the year. This can impede the air getting into your house and also pose a health problem as the particles are pushed into the air. A thorough cleaning of the ducts helps with proper airflow and will keep people healthy.
When your air conditioning system is shut down for the season it can still be affected by the weather. When a technician comes to shut it down, they make sure it is clean and repaired. They will cover the unit to prevent any snow or ice from getting inside and causing damage. When things heat up again all you have to do is remove the cover and turn the thermostat to a comfortable temperature after setting the unit to "cool."
For more information, contact an AC service in your area.