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Air Conditioner Inspection: What to Expect

Before summer rolls in and it’s time to turn on the air conditioning, it’s a wise idea to have your air conditioner inspected by a qualified HVAC technician. Taking this one simple step will reduce the chances of your AC unit breaking down when you need it most. If there are any loose or failing parts, your HVAC technician can catch and repair them before they get any worse. Here’s a look at what to expect during your inspection appointment.

Cleaning the system: Your outdoor unit is exposed to a lot of dirt and debris. Your HVAC technician will remove the cover from the unit and clean out any dirt that has accumulated. This will ensure your unit operates efficiently. If the outdoor coil needs to be chemically cleaned, he will advise you.

Checking thermostat settings: By setting the thermostat at a certain level and observing how your system responds, your technician will make sure your air conditioner is properly integrated with the thermostat and that the temperature being displayed is accurate.

Clearing the condensate drain: A blocked condensate drain can cause serious water damage to your property and HVAC equipment, so your technician will ensure this drain and the associated pipes are open and clear.

Securing electrical connections: Your technician will make sure all of the electrical connections are in good shape so that your unit does not suffer from a power failure.

Lubricating moving parts: A lack of lubrication leads to friction that can cause parts to rust and break prematurely. Your technician will make sure all moving parts are well lubricated and that the associated screws and bolts are properly tightened.

Checking the filter: If you haven’t changed your filter recently, your technician will do it for you. A clean filter reduces wear and tear on your air conditioner, ensures cleaner air, and also lowers your energy bills.

Checking over and tuning up your air conditioning system should only take your HVAC technician an hour or so. If any larger issues are detected, an appointment will be made to repair them before cooling season arrives.  This insures that your system will be working when you need it even if there are some follow-up repairs. Contact P.K. Wadsworth to schedule your springtime air conditioning inspection today.

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