Keep Your Cool with Regular AC Maintenance
Proactive maintenance of your air conditioning unit provides a lot more than peace of mind. Annual service from P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling will keep your cooling system running optimally, which can lower cooling costs and help you avoid costly air conditioner repairs.
Our experts are licensed and certified to service every type of air conditioner in any Cleveland area home—from historic, vintage properties and older systems to today’s state-of-the-art, high-efficiency systems. If it has been a while since your system has been tuned up, schedule service with us before the muggy days of summer to ensure that your system is ready when you need it.
Service Saves Hassle and Expenses
After working hard in the summer and sitting dormant throughout the winter, your air conditioner will need a tune-up. P.K. Wadsworth’s comprehensive precision air conditioning tune-up includes:
- Checking refrigerant levels to ensure the refrigerant charge is correct.
Improper refrigerant charge affects performance and efficiency—it has to be correct. This easily can go unnoticed and in some cases cause the compressor to shut down. Additional refrigerant fluids should never need to be routinely added to your system; this can indicate a much greater problem.
- Ensuring ductwork is sealed.
Make sure that the air you paid to condition gets to the necessary areas of your home and isn’t wasted in basements or crawlspaces.
- Cleaning the outdoor condenser coil and removing the debris from the unit.
A dirty outdoor coil makes your AC unit work harder, raises your electrical bill and creates unnecessary repairs.
- Inspecting the outdoor unit’s fan motor and lubricating as necessary.
If the motor is dirty, your air conditioning unit will be less efficient and fail sooner.
- Checking the electrical draw, or amps, of the compressor.
We’ll record this vital statistic as well as your system’s temperatures and pressures. Keeping an accurate history that includes this data can indicate potential problems sooner so you can address them before they become expensive repairs.
- Testing the operation and condition of the compressor contractor.
This key component controls the most expensive part of your AC system—the compressor. Testing it protects your investment.
- Inspecting and tightening electrical connections.
Relays and contractors are inspected. Worn contacts and loose wire connections can lead to motor or compressor failure.
- Inspecting and testing start/run capacitors and relays.
Bad capacitors can lead to costly repairs, including compressor and motor failure.
- Inspecting the indoor evaporator coil if accessible.
Whether or not we can access the indoor coil easily is dependent upon your home, but an inspection can uncover potential problems.
- Flushing the condensate drain to protect against overflow.
The condensate drain is checked to ensure it’s open. Algae can clog a condensate drain, which can cause expensive water damage.
- Inspecting blower assembly operation, lubricating and adjusting as necessary.
A dirty blower wheel reduces air flow, causing longer operating time and increased cost. This problem can lead to lost comfort and compressor failure. Belts and pulleys are inspected for cracks and breakage and adjusted as required—loose belts and worn pulleys decrease air flow, increasing operating costs and shortening the compressor’s life.
- Evaluating the condition of the air filter and other indoor air quality accessories.
A restricted air filter can cause your air conditioning unit to waste energy and shorten the compressor’s life.
- Safety testing all controls for proper operation.
Controls and safeties that don’t function properly can increase operation cost and cause other components to fail.
- Calibrating thermostat and confirming proper operation.
The unit thermostat is checked and calibrated as required. Improperly calibrated thermostats allow the unit to run longer than necessary. Every degree your air conditioning operates below 78 degrees can add five to eight percent to the cost of cooling.
- Evaluating overall efficiency of system and informing customer of equipment condition.
We’ll inspect the unit disconnect; a worn or overheated disconnect blows fuses and is dangerous.
- Checking overall system airflow.
Airflow in your comfort system is like the blood in the human body. If you don’t have enough flow, some serious problems can occur. Airflow is probably one of the most important variables associated with a properly operating system.
It’s difficult to overstate the importance of cleaning a central air conditioning system. Most problems encountered are due to dirt, dust and debris. P.K. Wadsworth will ensure that your whole system is clean, including filters, coils and condensate drains. This is crucial for efficiency, effective performance and the healthiest air possible in your home. See why customers across Greater Cleveland have trusted P.K. Wadsworth since 1936. Call us today to schedule air conditioning service or for a no obligation in-home consultation if you’re considering replacing your air conditioner.
"Excellence you can count on. We arrived here from Minnesota seven years ago and wanted a reliable and honest company that we could count on for yearly checkups on our home equipment and a place we could believe in when we need a replacement or repair. We hit the jackpot with P. K. Wadsworth. They have never failed us. Great service, great advice, great replacements. Honest, fast, fair and reliable."