Spring is once again an established visitor here in Oswego, Yorkville, Naperville, Aurora and Plainfield (IL). With the season in town, we naturally turn to opening the doors and windows to let the air and sunshine in. Many of us also probably head outdoors.
May and early June are often pleasant enough, but as we all know, the day always arrives when summer pushes the hot button and our AC begins its steady march for months.
Ideally, we can all simply switch the thermostat from “heat” to “cool” and let the system do its work as we need. That might be the case more often – if our air conditioners hadn’t been sitting mainly dormant for six months during shifting temperatures and weather severity.
If a system is newer or typically well maintained, it may be ready to perform even after the extended downtime. If a system is older or not regularly maintained, undetected issues might be present to possibly interfere with system operation when it is needed.
Either way, after so many months, it’s hard to tell what is properly working and what isn’t without an inspection and tune-up regardless of the system’s age. Before the AC is needed at peak levels during the summer, a tune-up can spot trouble sources such as:
dirty coils. Your unit’s evaporator and condenser coils collect dirt over their lengthening service time. A dirty evaporator coil will reduce airflow and insulate the coil, which lowers its ability to absorb heat. The outdoor condenser coil likewise can become soiled if the outdoor unit is close to dust and foliage.
bent coil fins. The evaporator and condenser coils’ aluminum fins are easily bent, which can impede airflow through the coil.
clogged condensate drain. Channels that are clogged will prevent the air conditioner from reducing indoor humidity. In addition to creating a humidity imbalance, the excess moisture can discolor carpet and walls.
Just a few other unrecognized system issues that can affect peak performance include:
insufficient amount of refrigerant or a leak in the refrigerant line
loose seals in system ductwork
corroded wires & terminals and poor electrical connections
loose or worn belts
In some cases, our Air Dynamics technicians also have come across air conditioners that were installed incorrectly or were not the right size for the house being cooled.
What an AC Tune-Up Includes
Scheduling an AC tune-up before the cooling season really ramps up can be one of those things we easily overlook or intend to do but don’t get to. Trust us when we say that arranging a tune-up and inspection is a smart, proactive way to reinforce greater seasonal comfort while helping avoid bigger, more expensive system problems.
check the air filter and replace it if needed
check the thermostat calibration and settings
inspect and tighten electrical connections
lubricate all moving parts
inspect the condensate drain and clean it if needed
check that system controls are operating
clean and adjust the blower components
clean the evaporator and condenser coils
check the refrigerant charge as well as the line
check fuel-line connections
inspect the gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger
As you can see, that’s a lot of system review in making sure your air conditioning is fully fit for the summer. Plus, the fee for a tune-up is typically a fraction of the cost of repairing an unexpected or unidentified issue later in the season.
How an AC Tune-Up Adds Benefits to Benefits
Beyond spending much less than for a repair or a replacement, as well as having a system you know is in good shape, you enjoy even more advantages when you schedule an Air Dynamics AC tune-up:
Less energy consumption. Clean and fit air conditioners require less power to run.
Lower utility costs. HVAC accounts for a notable percentage of a home’s utility expenses. Less energy draw and better performance help decrease your bills.
Better air quality. A clean, properly functioning unit with a clean filter helps reduce the impurities in the air you breathe at home.
Potentially greater lifespan. A well-maintained system is more likely to reach the upper end of its expected longevity, which can be up 20 years or more for current units.
Active warranty. Most manufacturers require regular maintenance with a licensed technician to keep the warranty valid during the specified period. In addition to helping you get the most from your cooling system, AC tune-ups support your ability to claim a covered repair or replacement.
Schedule Your Air Conditioner Tune-Up: Contact Us Today
As specialists in air conditioning and air quality, we offer our extensive training, knowledge and skill to ensure you occupy air that is comfortable and clean. That really matters when you consider how much time you spend at home. To schedule your AC tune-up in Oswego, Yorkville, Naperville, Aurora or Plainfield (IL), just give us a call at (630) 731-1550!