We hear it all the time from HVAC companies – “get an AC Tune up”. But what exactly does an air conditioning tune-up include anyways? smart72 CEO Jason Devries walks us through what kind of issues air conditioning units are prone to, and how to best address them through scheduled maintenance and a checklist.
Summer is just around the corner and preseason AC tune ups are a crucial preventative maintenance measure. The people who don’t realize this are often those whose systems unexpectedly break down, leaving them without any air conditioning during the dog days of summer. For the small amount of money it costs to schedule a professional tune-up, the return on your investment can be huge. Besides helping avoid unexpected breakdowns, tune-ups are important for helping your unit recover lost efficiency, operate more safely, increase the overall lifespan of the unit, improve your overall level of comfort, and reduce your operating expenses. Ideally your heating and air conditioning system should be inspected at least once a year to help reduce the cost of your monthly energy bill.
A thorough tune-up should include the following:
• A comprehensive cleaning of the condenser coils. Doing so increases efficiency (which directly impacts energy costs) and can reduce the wear and tear on your system.
• Evaluation of the coolant level to help maintain peak operating performance. Lubrication of all moving parts to eliminate friction and wear that can increase your energy costs.
• A full calibration of your thermostat to verify proper operation.
• An inspection of the ductwork for possible energy loss.
• Tightening and inspection of all the electrical connections to verify safe system operation.
• Evaluate performance of the blower motor and the condition of the blower belt.
These are just a few of the standard checks that should be performed by a reliable HVAC technician. smart72 offers a full 26-point check-up to help ensure your system is operating efficiently and reliably. For leak detection tips, check out the experts at The Waterboy.
Trained smart72 technicians will perform a 60-90-minute tune-up including the following 26 procedures:
Blower Motor – measure amperage and voltage for proper operation
Thermostat – test for proper operation, calibrate, and level
Bearing – inspect for wear and lubricate
Inspect indoor coil if accessible
Confirm proper return air and size
Inspect Condenser Coil
Refrigerate – monitor operating pressures
Safety Devices – inspect for proper operation
Electrical Disconnect Box – inspect for proper rating and safe installation
Electrical Wiring – inspect and tighten connections
Test/inspect contactors for burned, pitted contacts
Inspect electrical for exposed wiring
Inspect and test capacitors
Inspect fan blade
Clean condenser coil and remove debris
Inspect service valves for proper operation
Measure Supply/Return temperature differential
Compressor – monitor, measure amperage and volt draw and wiring connections
Check Unit for Time Delay Relay
Check Unit for Isolation Pads
Inspect suction line for proper fittings
Inspect all fittings for signs of oil and/or leakage
Check lines and fittings with refrigerant leak detector
Check the condition of Blower Belt, if applicable
smart72’s AC Tune-Up Special even includes a brand-new air filter and visual duct inspection to ensure your ducting doesn’t have any leaks or tears and is sealed properly. After all, you don’t want to blow any money into your attic!
At smart72, we guarantee after our Precision Tune-Up, your utility bill will be at least $72 less the next six months or we’ll refund your $72!
California weather is heating up year after year. Right now is the best time to consider adding Air Conditioning to your home. Call now to schedule your FREE CONSULTATION to discuss system options that fit your budget and home comfort needs.