Now that it's summer, the temperatures will start rising. While most people enjoy the warmer weather, in most areas of the country, homes still need air conditioning to provide comfort and relief from the heat. Extreme heat can be dangerous, especially for the elderly. Over the past 40 years, more than 9,000 people have died from a heat-related event. This is why it is so important to begin each cooling season making sure your air conditioner is clean, tuned, and ready to go. Here are three services to look for when scheduling your air conditioning cleaning and tuning appointment.
The Condenser Coil Is Cleaned
The condenser coil is located outdoors on your central air conditioning unit. This is the part of the air conditioner where the warm air is removed from the refrigerant. It gets dirty from mud splashing onto it, dogs doing their business, debris from snowmelt, and organic matter, such as twigs, grass clippings, and leaves. If the condenser coil is not cleaned at the beginning of each cooling season, it cannot remove heat as efficiently. The fan blade should also be inspected for any issues and cleaned.
The Air Filter Is Checked
In some central air conditioning units, the air filter can be removed, cleaned, and then put back in place. This can save money on air filters. However, many central air conditioning units do not have reusable air filters, and a new one must be installed. Regardless of the type your air conditioner has, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technician will make sure your air filter is clean and in good working order.
Like a dirty condenser coil, a dirty air filter will make it much harder for your central air conditioning unit to work efficiently at removing the heat from your home. Any time your air conditioner has to work harder than it should have to, you are at risk of mechanical failure or even a shortened life span.
The Electrical System Is Checked
Your air conditioner depends on electricity to work. It has capacitors, which are the components used to start and keep the motor running. An HVAC technician will make sure your capacitors are in good working order, ensuring your air conditioner always has power. They will also inspect the electrical connections and tighten them if needed as well as check the wiring connections at the compressor and the electrical box.
Contact an HVAC technician to provide air conditioner cleaning to ensure that your system continues to work in the heat.