5 TIPS TO MINIMIZE THE STRAIN ON YOUR HAVC SYSTEM DURING THE SUMMER
Maintenance is the key in helping extend the life of your system and help reduce breakdowns during the summer. Whether the unit is only a couple of years old or pushing 20 Years old, maintenance is always the first step in preventative care. Maintenance is only as good as the company that is performing it. What I mean by this is that you should always use a certified contractor that you trust. Lax maintenance procedures can miss some things as small as a loose connection which may burn up and create major electrical issues down the road even though is a simple repair and would take only seconds to fix. This will still cause you to lose trust in that contractor. Here at AIR4U we do a detailed inspection and have maintenance plans that include free condenser coil cleanings.
Cleaning the condenser yearly will help improve the efficiency by removing the previous year’s dirt and grime. In many cases I find a lot of dog hair on the outdoor coils. Best to keep your furry friends away from the outdoor unit whenever possible. Any blockage of air through the condenser coil (the outside unit) will cause higher pressure within the unit and a decrease its efficiency. When pressure builds up within the refrigerant system, this can cause leaks in the refrigerant system. And of course leaks never appear when the weather is nice out, right?!
So, to recap being on a maintenance plan with your favorite AC contractor can help provide peace of mind during the summer. Also forgot to mention that most maintenance plans from HVAC contractors grant you priority service based on your plan. This in my opinion the most important part of any maintenance plan. Like I mentioned earlier these systems never fail when you are not using them. During the summer, most of the companies can be booked up to two weeks in advance! 2 days without cooling during 100 + degree weather can be miserable let alone 2 weeks. When choosing a maintenance plan make sure you look out for the response time that you get with each plan. This can make the world of a difference in your trust and comfort with your HVAC contractor and system.