Are A/C Tune-Ups Really Necessary?

 

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As we near the coming months of Summer, the overbearing heat comes along with it. Before you know it, it’ll be time to turn on those A/C condensing units that have been sitting outside of your home for months on end. As Mother Nature throws every element she can at your outside equipment, you’ll want to be sure that your outside equipment is working properly for when your family needs it the most. During this time, you may wonder, “It worked fine last year, why spend more money if I dont need to? Is it really necessary to get an A/C Tune-Up?” The answer is a “YES!, We strongly recommend it.” During the Winter months, there is no need for you to turn on your A/C Condensing Unit. While dormant, the cold could have taken its toll on your equipment that you’ve spent your hard-earned money on. Let’s take a look furthermore into the subject.

With the cold and dormancy that have stricken your equipment, you’ll come to find that dirt and debris have made its way onto the air conditioner’s coils. In order for your system to operate efficiently, all leaves, dirt, and dust must be cleared from the fins, shown above. Restricting that airflow will allow your system to freeze up and possibly be inoperable leaving your home feel like a sauna! Along with the cold, the refrigeration could also leak from your equipment. Your coils will freeze up without the proper amount of refrigerant in your system. Finding a leak and replacing the lost refrigerant can sometimes cost a pretty penny. Another major issue is frayed wiring. Frayed wiring along with the issue of dirty air conditioner coils can cause fires and the Summer heat should be the only heat you’ll have to battle.

With an A/C Tune-Up, these are just a few of the many things that can and will be prevented. During a complete A/C Tune-Up, you should expect your technician to:

• Inspect refigerant levels and pressure
• Perform additional safety and efficiency checks, as needed
• Inspect and tighten wiring, contacts, capacitors and relay
• Ensure the evaporator coil is clean
• Ensure the condensate drain is clear
• Inspect and clean the condenser
• Inspect the outdoor disconnect
• Inspect the condenser fan motor and blades; lubricate if needed
• Check compressor amps at startup
• Calibrate thermostat(s) and check proper cycle and temperatures for your needs

A Tune-up now will be cheaper than a much bigger repair bill later. Besides preventing repairs on your equipment, the small up-front cost of an A/C Tune-Up can save you a significant amount of money in other areas as well. You’ll see your energy bills decrease in amount because your system will run at maximum efficiency, which will also improve the lifespan of your A/C. With your finely tuned A/C, you and your family will be able to enjoy a comfortable home and a peace of mind.

Depending on your system, Green Way Solutions will charge around $69 to $129.

 

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