Air Conditioner Tune-Up
Installing New or Replacing Old
Your service tech’s primary job is to help you have “worry free air” and to help prolong the life and the cooling and cost efficiency of your system.
Having your home air conditioner running at its highest level of efficiency possible, saves on your power bill. Our data confirms that a properly maintained air conditioning system works between 15 to 20% more efficiently than a system that is not maintained.
An air conditioning system that is properly maintained will last up to twice as long as one that is not. In the 30 plus years we’ve been in the air conditioning industry, we have seen units that were properly maintained last up to 30 years, and some that weren’t serviced regularly needing replacement in less than 5 years.
Imagine, if you will, a car’s engine. Without proper maintenance, how long will it be expected to run? Everything mechanical needs regular servicing to ensure proper operation and longevity.
A detailed list of services performed during a residential tune-up is below:
- When performing a tune-up, the service tech will check your air conditioner's refrigerant level (Freon). If you don’t have enough you’re not getting the proper cooling and it costs more in electric when it tries to achieve the desired temperature. If you have too much, it can actually be worse, because it can cause serious damage to the valves in your compressor resulting in the need for a replacement compressor.
- The service tech will oil the evaporator blower motor and the condenser fan motors (unless they are “oil less”). Motors that have set idle for any length of time can stick or freeze-up.
- All electrical connections are inspected. Wires that are not tightly connected can cause arcing, which can cause wires to heat up and catch fire, or at least cause operational issues like a motor not kicking on when turned on.
- The service tech will then check for proper air flow. If it is not producing the proper C.F.M. (cubic feet per minute) the cold produced in the evaporator coil will not properly be transferred to the air.
- The next order of business will be the heat. We want to ensure that when you need or want heat, it is ready for you.
- Because “clean air” is so important, your service tech will check for mold in the air flow chamber of your air conditioner. Mold in the air can make people sick. There are more than 1000 cases each year of sick building syndrome caused by mold in the air conditioning system. Some scientists have tried to link “Legionnaires” disease to moldy air conditioning. Thousands of cases each year are unreported because no one realizes that the itchy eyes, constant runny nose and sneezing are actually caused by “dirty air” and not a cold bug or flu virus.
- No repairs are ever performed without the customer's express consent. We will “top-off” a system with up to two pounds of refrigerant at no extra charge. However, if that is not enough to assure top level performance, the service tech will inform you of this before adding more than what is complementary.
- Finally, after the tune-up is done, the service tech will do one last overall general inspection of your system and give you a run down on exactly what he found during his inspection. The customer is apprised of the condition of the unit and the tech will make any recommendations, if any, of any actions that should be taken.