What Should A Spring Check-up Of My Air Conditioner Include?

9280358_sIt has been a long winter this year but, with March already upon us that means that Spring is just around the corner. For most people Spring means starting to think about Spring cleaning and various projects around the house. Cleaning out the garage, organizing the attic, and getting the yard and landscaping are all important Spring activities to get your home ready for summer.

Another important thing to put on your Spring to-do list is a check-up for your cooling system. The Spring weather will quickly turn into hot Summer days so being proactive about making sure your cooling system is in top working order is important.

Your home cooling system is a complex piece of equipment with many components that should be inspected before you fire it up on the first hot weather day of the summer. Some steps that a professional Heating and Cooling technician will take during a Spring time check-up include:

  • Inspection of Unit. A visual inspection of the unit is done to check for things like rust, corrosion, standing water, moisture stains, leaking fluids, signs of overheating, and duct that might be improperly sealed. This is an important first step as it can give clues as to anything that might be damaged inside of the unit.
  • Inspection of Electrical and Internal Components. Next, a test of the control systems will be conducted. This includes the switches, capacitors, circuit boards, and wiring. Inspecting the wiring is especially important as the thermostat of your unit is what determines the output and if the wiring is loose or faulty it could cause permanent damage to the entire unit
  • Inspection of Cooling Components. The parts inside of your cooling unit that make the cold air are the evaporator coil and the condensate drain line. These should be closely inspected to make sure there are not any clogs or improper connections. If these two parts of the unit are not working – you have no cold air!
  • Inspection of the Unit Function. Once all of the individual parts and pieces of the unit have been inspected, the functionality of the overall unit as a whole will be checked. This is to make sure that everything is working together to pump out that cold air that will keep your home comfortable during the summer months.

So, while you are mentally planning all of the Spring home improvement activities you will be working on once the sun starts to poke through the cold Winter weather – make sure to add a check-up on your cooling system. You don’t want to get stuck without air conditioning when the hot weather hits!

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