Have you ever pondered the mysteries of life? Why do people say “heads up” when you should duck? Why does it always rain AFTER we wash the car? What does an HVAC technician do during an air conditioner tune-up? Merts Heating and Air Conditioning can help with the last one because it’s a question we get all the time when we talk about HVAC maintenance.
There is a reason why technicians undergo comprehensive training. So, they can spot potential problems. Most HVAC tune-ups will start with a visual inspection of your air conditioner. The technician is looking for signs of wear and tear in key components that could cause a breakdown.
Cleanliness is Next to Godliness
Well, that’s an exaggeration, but cleaning is a very important part of an HVAC tune-up. Dirt and dust reduce efficiency and causes the unit to work harder. The evaporator coil on the indoor unit and the condenser coil on the outside unit should be cleaned thoroughly.
Many Lake County, IN and Steger, IL homeowners change their own HVAC filters and we encourage them to do that. Others are more comfortable having a technician do it. In all cases, an air conditioner tune-up should include an air filter inspection and a new filter if it’s needed.
Then Things Get More Technical
Right now, some of you are probably saying, “So a tune-up is a visual inspection, a cleaning, and a filter change. It seems like I can do that myself.” In the real-world HVAC maintenance is far more complicated. The technician is trained and has the high-tech tools to perform a series of technical tests to make sure the cooling system is operating according to manufacturer specifications.
- A comprehensive safety inspection
- Cleaning of the condenser coils
- Safely handle refrigerant to prevent illegal release to the air
- Verify refrigerant level is correct
- Clean condenser coil
- Condensate drain line and pan
- Visual inspection of exposed duct
- Inspecting and tightening of electrical connections
- Confirm the thermostat is accurate
You see, there really is no mystery behind HVAC tune-ups, it’s just highly trained professionals using their skills and knowledge to make sure you stay safe and comfortable in your home. Call Merts Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule your appointment. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.