Keeping Cool: Time to Tune Up Your Air Conditioner!

Your air conditioner is one of the most important appliances at home, especially during the summer. It only follows that you conduct proper AC maintenance and cleaning every so often with your trusted HVAC maintenance company. Aside from having a good AC unit with no issues, it helps your unit function longer.

Pay attention to the cleaning and maintenance required to maintain your AC. Note that, every once in a while, your AC will need a tune-up. Just like every machine, you can only make the most of it if you treat it properly.

Usual AC Maintenance

Air conditioners usually need a maintenance check every six months, with one check preferably before summer. Another check before winter can eliminate any issues carried over from its heavy use in summer. Any repairs and maintenance will ensure the unit will be ready for summer use and a longer period with zero activity. 

Note that, depending on where you live, you may need to perform these procedures more frequently. For example, if there is a high level of dust in your area, you may need to have your filters cleaned more often, around three to four times a year.

If left untreated, it is bound to underperform by at least five percent, which may add to your electricity bills, leading to more expensive repair costs. Although generally reliable with minimal errors, ACs experience issues occasionally, particularly when parts are not optimized and dust accumulates in the filters and other parts.

The telltale signs you need it serviced right away include warmer air, weaker air output, rattling noises, bad vibrations, excessive water output, and alarmingly high energy bills.

Parts of an AC Maintenance and Tune-Up

Cleanup is needed to clear out dirt and soot in the condenser fans and AC coils. An internal parts inspection is also important to check for damage, malfunctions, foreign objects, dust, and leaks. The AC fan may also need testing to check the spin and behavior, which avoids circulation issues in the future.

Your filters will also need a thorough cleaning. A thorough cleaning will also stop weakening machine performance and harmful output of soot and microbes from all the internal congestion. Cleaning also ensures you’re not breathing potential microbes and dirt, which can cause severe skin and sinus issues. An underperforming or under-maintained AC often affects people with respiratory conditions first.

Proper maintenance is a key practice in keeping your units working at their optimum state. Proper cleaning and maintenance can prevent up to 85 percent of possible repair services. Keep your AC units in tiptop shape for years with regular clean-ups and tune-ups by an HVAC contractor.

Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance

Spring cleaning can really declutter your home and be a great kick off spot for maintenance. Check out this great article from our friends at Porch all about spring cleaning and maintenance. Get your home clean and maintained while improving your physical and mental health.

Final Thoughts

Your AC can save you during summer heatwaves and other hot, humid weather throughout the year. Treat it with love and care and tune it up at least twice a year—once before summer and once before winter to avoid dirt build-up. Neglect may result in bad performance and a buildup of dust and soot that can damage its parts, which means repair fees that will cost you both time and money—not to mention discomfort. 
Legacy Heating can conduct proper air conditioner maintenance and repair to save you from underperforming AC units or even worse problems. Call us before it’s too late. Be good to your AC, and it will be good to you.

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