Before your HVAC contractor’s phone starts ringing off the hook this summer, go ahead and schedule your seasonal A/C maintenance in the spring. If not, you may have to wait in line for an appointment. Pre-season scheduling is a good way to beat the crowd plus identify any potential cooling problems that can leave you hot under the collar.
Your comprehensive A/C maintenance check-up should include the following:
Thermostat. Your cooling system is only as good as the thermostat that controls the temperature settings. If you have an old manual model, ask your contractor about the benefits of a programmable thermostat. You can even control your settings remotely with cutting-edge WiFi thermostat technology.
A/C coils.Your cooling system has two coils: one inside your home and the other outside. Dirt and other debris can clog the fins of your outside coil, which makes your system work harder. Ask your contractor to show you how to clean the coil using a stream of water from your garden hose, and you can perform this simple maintenance task yourself in subsequent years.
Refrigerant level. Low refrigerant levels won’t let your system cool its best. Don’t wait until mid-summer, when temperatures are the highest, to come home to a hot house because the refrigerant level is too low.
Condensate drain. An essential task in A/C maintenance is inspecting the condensate drain to make sure it is clog-free. Obstructions tax your system and can even lead to moisture buildup inside your home.
Air filter. If you don’t know how to change your A/C filter, or which type is best for your system, ask your contractor so you can put this on your to-do list — monthly or less often, depending on the type you need.
System controls. Motors need to be checked for safety and reliability, and all moving parts of the system should be lubricated, if needed.
Electrical components. Don’t overlook this important task, because faulty connections can be a safety hazard.
In Monmouth County and the surrounding area, Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. is well-versed in expert A/C maintenance. Call us with all your questions.
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