Air conditioners are such an important part of our homes that it’s easy to forget they require routine maintenance. It’s important to remember to schedule someone to come perform routine air conditioning maintenance, the same way you might take a car in for an oil change or tire rotation. Doing this ensures that your unit is running at its best and allows you to repair small problems before they become big ones.
During a routine maintenance visit, a technician does a lot more than just look at the thermostat and say, “Yep, it’s working.” Here are five things a good technician will do when they come to perform air conditioning maintenance at your home.:
- Inspect and tighten all electrical connections to keep the flow of electricity steady and consistent for maximum energy efficiency.
- Lubricate moving parts – Just like any machine, an air conditioner unit needs to have smoothly running parts. Lubricating them is an important step in keeping the whole system running efficiently.
- Inspect fan belts for tightness and wear – Checking for wear and tear on belts helps you avoid a costly visit for repairing any damage it may have caused when it broke and keeps you from having to go hours or even days waiting on an available repairman or parts.
- Perform a full-system cleaning – Keeping dirt and grime from building up in the system helps parts last longer and keeps your unit functioning smoothly.
- Check the thermostat for functionality – have you ever felt like the house was stifling, but the thermostat read a comfortable degree? Sometimes, a problem can be with the thermostat itself instead of the air conditioning unit.
Scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance will keep your house comfortable year-round, maximize your energy efficiency, and help you avoid expensive repairs.