Your vehicle isn’t the only thing that needs regular tune-ups to maintain peak performance; your AC system needs this service as well.
An AC tune-up is an important form of preventative maintenance for all air conditioning systems. It can maximize the performance of your AC system while protecting against common forms of damage. If you are considering scheduling an AC system tune-up you might be wondering what it includes.
Check Refrigerant Levels
During a tune-up, a heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) technician will check your AC system’s refrigerant levels. Proper refrigerant levels are essential to your AC system’s performance. If it’s low on refrigerant – or if it’s completely out of refrigerant – your AC system won’t work. Therefore, AC system tune-ups include checking the refrigerant levels.
Most AC system tune-ups also include coil cleaning. There’s an evaporator coil and a condenser coil in your AC system. They are both heat exchangers that are responsible for transferring heat from your home’s interior to your home’s exterior. When you get an AC system tune-up, the HVAC technician will typically inspect and clean both of these coils.
Check Condensate Drain
Checking the condensate drain is another common process performed during an AC system tune-up. The condensate drain is a pipe that runs from the drain pan below the evaporator coil to your home’s exterior. As the name suggests, it’s used to drain condensation produced by the evaporator coil. If it’s clogged water will accumulate inside of the drain pan while potentially spilling over the sides of the pan.
Calibrate the Thermostat
Thermostat calibration is often included in an AC system tune-up. The thermostat, of course, is the interface that you can use to control your AC system. Over time, thermostats can lose their calibration, in which case they may not send the right signals to the AC systems with which they are used. You can get your thermostat calibrated with an AC system tune-up.
An AC system tune-up will typically include a ductwork inspection. The ductwork is the network of air ducts that are used to distribute conditioned air, as well as suck in unconditioned air, throughout your home. These air ducts can experience leaks that cause a loss of conditioned air. If there are one or more leaks in your ductwork, an AC system tune-up may reveal them. Along with checking refrigerant levels, coil cleaning, checking condensate drain, and calibrating the thermostat, inspecting the ductwork is a key component of an AC system tune-up.
If you are experiencing a problem with your air conditioning or heating call us at 512-336-1431 to schedule an appointment. We’ll be glad to come out and take a look at the issue.
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