Do Air Conditioners need Maintenance?
Air conditioners in Jacksonville Beach, FL get a lot of use during the sunny summer months. We depend on our systems to keep us comfortable when the temperatures reach their height, and a malfunction can be frustrating and even dangerous. While these malfunctions might seem unpredictable, the reality is that you can do something to limit such issues. A tune-up is a low-cost preventative maintenance approach to ensuring proper operation of your equipment.
What Does a Tune-Up Entail?
Our tune-up service for air conditioners addresses the function of internal and external parts of the system. We evaluate parts for wear and recommend replacements for those that are damaged or nearing the point of breaking. This is an important factor in heading off summer problems because frail parts contribute to many system issues when they break. Not only can they keep your air conditioning unit from operating, but they can also cause further damage to parts that might otherwise continue to operate correctly. A tune-up can eliminate more than 90 percent of repair issues.
We also investigate refrigerant levels as we service air conditioners. A low charge can affect your system in the following ways:
- Poor cooling occurs because of limitations on heat exchange
- Frozen coils can occur
- Compressors become stressed due to overuse
- Energy costs can rise
We adjust refrigerant levels so that they are in line with manufacturer standards. We also examine lines for signs of leaks. A 90 percent charge can cause a 20 percent spike in your energy use, and this simple step is valuable enough on its own to warrant maintenance service.
Our tune-ups also include diagnosis and cleaning of your coils. Dirt and mold can develop on your indoor coils, affecting air quality and circulation. This can also stress your compressor and shorten its life while increasing your energy costs. We check your ducts and thermostat during a tune-up, making recommendations when problems are noted.
When Should Air Conditioners Be Serviced?
We can do an AC tune-up at any time during the year. However, the most sensible time is in the early spring months so that problems can be diagnosed and fixed before the weather warms up. If your system is operational but doesn’t seem to be performing well, a tune-up is an excellent starting point for diagnosing problems. Many of our customers’ issues are solved through simple coil cleaning and refrigerant charging. We can provide this service at any point during the summer that you notice such issues. We recommend that you continue to have your AC tune-ups done annually after that point. As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning provides comprehensive heating and cooling solutions for your home or business, and we will be happy to discuss your needs by phone or email.