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What’s Involved in AC Preventive Maintenance?

August 16th, 2016 by THS

AC Preventative MaintenaceKeeping your AC working properly throughout the summer doesn’t just happen. There is no magic formula to keep that sweet cool air coming out to refresh you throughout those hot days. It’s really simple: preventive maintenance. We’re not saying you’ll never have to face a repair or replacement. Parts break down as they age and units eventually meet their lifespan requirements. However, to extend that lifespan as best as possible and to keep unnecessary repairs at bay, you need to engage in AC preventive maintenance. What does that entail?

Ensure Dependable Performance

For reliable performance from your cooling system that lasts through the years, your best bet is to sign up for a program of regular and preventive maintenance. You can do your part to extend the life of your air conditioning unit by changing your filters at least every 90 days, inspecting the refrigerant lines each month, and keeping your unit free from leaves, pollen and grass, recommends House Logic.

Regular Maintenance Tasks

While there are things you can do on your own to ensure your AC stays in tip-top condition, it’s necessary to hire a professional in the spring and fall to perform regular service in an effort to protect your AC unit from the common mechanical problems that can result in breakdowns and a shortened lifespan. Your HVAC professional will cover the following items during a routine inspection and cleaning:

  • Complete safety inspection
  • Cleaning of condenser line and all fans
  • Testing and calibration for top-notch performance and efficiency
  • Lubrication of fans and other mechanical components
  • Replacement or cleaning of AC filters
  • Replenishment or replacement of refrigerants

It’s also a good idea to follow the manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule for your unit. Not sure what to do or which schedule to follow? Inquire about this from your trusted, licensed HVAC dealer who can volunteer that information.

Why Do You Need Regular Maintenance?

There are many reasons why you should rely on twice-yearly inspections:

Efficiency: When your unit is dirty or clogged, it has to work harder to achieve the same level of comfort, which increases your energy bills. Even just replacing your dirty air conditioner filter will reduce your energy consumption by five to 15 percent.

Repairs savings: Keeping your unit clean and free from debris will prevent the need for unnecessary repair bills. By catching problems before they start, you can do your part to keep your AC in good working condition. Possible problems you may encounter include the unit failing to turn on, poor job of cooling the home evenly, wide fluctuations in temperature, leaks or strange noises coming from the unit. Alert your HVAC professional at the first sign of these issues so the problem doesn’t become worse.

Cleaner air: Regular AC maintenance will help to promote cleaner air flow and cut down on allergens that can irritate asthma and allergies. It’s possible for outside pollutants to build up to dangerous levels, resulting in health and comfort problems for occupants.

Contact Thornton Heating Service

To schedule your AC maintenance or to sign up for our maintenance program, contact us at 847-905-1608 to find out if we service your area. In addition to preventive maintenance for AC systems of all kinds, we also offer sales, installation, repair and replacement. Schedule your in-home consultation today throughout Chicagoland!