Is Your AC Unit Ready to Face the Heat?
Atlanta, Georgia – The temperatures are heating up in Atlanta, but before the summer is here, homeowners should be sure their air condition units are functioning properly to keep them cool in the hot weather.
“The best time to service an AC unit is before you actually need it,” says Phil Montgomery, owner of Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning, which provides repair, installation and maintenance services for all types of cooling devices. “Regular maintenance and cleaning are essential to avoid having to make what would otherwise be unnecessary calls to repair your cooling unit.”
According to our ac service expert, the easiest thing for homeowners to do themselves is change the air filter regularly. Air filters should typically be changed every 30-90 days, depending on if your home has pets or if anyone suffers from allergies. Dirty air filters will result in poor performance from your AC unit. And if you have a pet, dander will accumulate quickly in the filter. During the hottest summer months, it’s a good idea to regularly monitor your filter and replace it as soon as the dirt begins to accumulate.
An air conditioning unit that is not maintained regularly can lose as much as 5 percent of its efficiency each year. This can cause frustration for homeowners with new units that continuously need repair. But a quick service call from air conditioning professional can keep your unit running efficiently and prevent you from spending more money than you need to on your energy bills each month.
A service call from a certified technician in Decatur will include several things that homeowners might not think of doing themselves. For an outside unit, a technician’s service will include inspecting for the proper level of refrigerant and adding more if necessary and cleaning any dirt or debris from the unit. The technician will also inspect the coil unit as well as the fan motor and blades for any wear or damage. The blades may require lubrication to run properly. The compressor and tubing will also be closely looked at for any signs of damage.
Inside, the technician will inspect and clean the blower assembly. If your home has an older model, the technician will lubricate the motor and replace the fan belt, if needed. The combustion blower will be inspected for lint and other debris and cleaned as necessary, along with the evaporator coil and drain pan. The technician can also inspect duct work for leaks and make sure your duct work design allows for the best airflow.
There are also some things the technician will need to inspect while the unit is running. The technician can monitor how the unit starts and then listen for any unusual noises that may indicate there is a problem. Unusual smells can also indicate something is wrong with the unit. While the unit is operating, the technician can monitor for the correct refrigerant charge and check the vent system for proper operation. A technician will also be able to measure temperature rise and adjust airflow, if needed.
“Air conditioning units are a lot like cars,” says Montgomery, whose business can also provide furnace maintenance, “Just as a car requires regularly tune-ups to drive properly, an AC needs regular attention to cool effectively.”
With proper care from a professional and a little attention from the homeowner, your AC unit can keep your family nice and cool when the sweltering summer heat sets in.
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