Have you already arranged for an air conditioning maintenance visit from a professional HVAC technician? If you have, that’s great: you’ll have the best preparation possible for the coming summer, as well as a system that will operate at its peak efficiency level.
If you haven’t schedule AC maintenance yet, it might be because you’re wondering if you can handle the work on your own. It’s true that there are some important steps you can take to maintain your home’s air conditioner… but actual maintenance is a job that only professionals can do correctly and thoroughly.
Regular maintenance involves three different tasks: cleaning, inspecting, and tuning-up the unit. Let’s look at why this requires professionals.
There is a vital cleaning job you can do on your own, and which you’ll need to do through the rest of the summer: changing/cleaning the air filter. If you don’t know how to do this, ask your maintenance technician to show you how. The other cleaning jobs, such as cleaning the motors and the indoor and outdoor coils, require special equipment and knowledge that only professionals have.
A maintenance technician gives an air conditioner a thorough going-over to find places where repair issues may be starting. Unless you have actual training on air conditioning equipment, you won’t know what to look for and will pass over serious problems that need attention.
The actual tune-up process involves a number of different steps, such as tightening electrical connections, recalibrating the thermostat, recharging any lost refrigerant, adjusting the air handler, etc. None of these tasks are ones that an amateur can handle. In fact, some of them can even be hazardous if done without training or the proper equipment.
When you call on HVAC professionals for your air conditioning maintenance, you’ll not only have the job done right, you’ll have it done fast. It only takes about an hour for maintenance, and it’s one of the best investments you can make in your comfort during the summer.