Don’t Forget to Plan Air Conditioner Maintenance This Spring
We just faced a few months of varied winter weather in the Jacksonville, Florida, area with temperatures that were all over the place. Before you know it, though, it will be summer again. Temperatures might be more predictable for summer, but that doesn’t mean it will be more comfortable. The heat and humidity are about to return, and more than anything you want to be sure that you are ready to get through those long, sweltering months. But is your air conditioner up to the task? Having an experienced contractor perform air conditioner maintenance ensures that your system is ready to tackle summertime temperatures, and helps to prevent problems and the expense involved in solving them.
As a part of any air conditioner checkup, your contractor will typically perform the following:
- Inspecting and cleaning all parts of the system including the evaporator and condenser coils. It’s harder for AC systems to cool your home with dirty coils, plus you’ll use more energy and wear out system components faster with grime-coated coils.
- Checking and adjusting refrigerant levels. Too little or too much refrigerant can cause serious problems. Plus, inadequate refrigeration may signal a leak in your system that should be repaired immediately.
- Inspecting and adjusting blower fan and related components.
- Inspecting and cleaning the condensate tray and drain. A plugged drain not only harbors mold and mildew, but also causes water damage if it overflows.
- Inspecting and lubricating all moving parts, as well as inspect and tighten electrical connections.
- Making sure the AC system and its controls work according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
Your contractor can also show you how to change your AC’s air filter. Your filter should be changed at least once every three months, and as often as monthly with heavy use or other special conditions (such as pets in the home or very dusty conditions).
It is important to have the checkup done ahead of the cooling season so that your AC will be good to go when you need it. Make sure you are ready for Florida’s infamous heat and humidity by calling the HVAC specialists at Mike Merritt Heating & Air at 904-240-4038.