Your HVAC system is a sophisticated machine, comprising an outside condenser, an indoor air handler and numerous moving parts that must work in concert to maintain your comfort. You can’t expect your central air system to operate at peak performance without a twice-annual tune-up — one in the spring and another in the fall.
A preventative maintenance check-up in spring is especially important for Olympia homeowners as summertime temperatures soar well over 90 degrees. Without maintenance, you’re risking a full-blown breakdown of your HVAC unit.
Here’s what you can expect from a seasonal AC tune-up.
Calibrating the Thermostat
Efficient cooling depends on a thermostat that can accurately read indoor temperatures. If the readings are inaccurate, then your home will be uncomfortable, and it will be harder to make those adjustments that help lower your energy bills. An HVAC expert can check the wiring connections and adjust the calibration, among other tasks.
Tightening Electrical Connections
A tune-up can uncover loose electrical connections and exposed wiring. These hazards are linked to cases of AC failure and fires.
Lubricating Moving Parts
If the motor, bearing, and other moving parts in your AC unit are not regularly lubricated, they can cause overheating and system failure. Lubrication can prevent this and reduce wear and tear.
Cleaning the Condensate Drain Line
Your HVAC system generates a lot of condensation. The drain line channels moisture away from your home. However, it can get clogged with sediment or mold and mildew, which results in flooding and serious water damage. Have a professional clean it out to ensure correct performance.
Cleaning the Coils
Your AC’s evaporator and condenser coils build up dust and debris, which reduces heat transfer and decreases airflow. The result? Diminished comfort and higher energy consumption.
Replacing Air Filters
A similar problem comes up when the air filters are not replaced: airflow is obstructed, which compromises AC performance and your indoor air quality. A technician will change out the filter, but you should replace it every 30 to 90 days between service visits.
For all of your cooling needs this spring and summer, rely on Black Hills Home Services. Call (360) 558-3242 to schedule an appointment.