If It’s Spring, It’s Time for an A/C Tuneup

April 16, 2014
Ross and Witmer

Your air conditioning system is one of the most important assets in your home. With summer just a couple of months away, and the Northern Virginia cooling season coming even sooner, it’s important to keep your A/C well maintained. Scheduling an A/C tuneup with a reputable HVAC company can add years to the service life of your cooling system. There are also steps you, the homeowner, can take to keep your air conditioner running efficiently.

What Homeowners Can Do

In between each annual A/C tuneup, you should be inspecting the air filter on a monthly basis and replacing it as needed. Dust and other airborne particulates can build up rapidly on the air filter screen, which restricts efficient airflow. When this occurs, your system will work overtime to keep the air flowing. During your air conditioning service, the technician should be able to give you good advice on the types and ratings of air filters that are available at your local home improvement store.

When to Schedule Preventive Maintenance

The best time to act on an A/C tuneup is before the whether heats up, which can happen as early as April in North Carolina. Hot and humid days here in Charlotte can be uncomfortable, especially if your air conditioner is not operating to peak efficiency. Scheduling a maintenance service on your A/C with an NATE-certified heating and cooling professional will provide you with the confidence that your air conditioner is ready to handle whatever the summer has to offer.

What to Expect During an Air Conditioner Tuneup 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program recommends a full inspection and maintenance service as follows:

  • A thorough check of the system thermostat settings
  • Cleaning of dirty coils
  • Complete inspection and tightening of electrical connections and components
  • Lubrication of all moving parts as recommended in the product specifications
  • Assessment of the condensate drain system for blockages
  • A complete examination of all system controls
  • A check of refrigerant levels

At Ross & Witmer, we’re a well-established HVAC company with NATE-certified technicians servicing Charlotte and adjacent communities since 1945. Contact us for more information on scheduling an A/C tuneup.

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