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What Goes On During a Spring Maintenance Visit

Posted by Warner Service on Apr 28, 2015 3:30:34 PM

spring-home-345127-editedI get it, we are all busy with the daily routine called life. Your air conditioner is easily forgotten. Sometimes just changing the air filter can be put off for a year and not even thought about until your HVAC system stops functioning correctly. This is where Warner Service comes in. We make your air conditioner maintenance our duty, and we cover much, much more than just the air filter...

Here's just a sample of what our Warner Service technicians will do during your Spring HVAC Maintenance visit:

INSIDE THE HOME

1) Check the Settings on Your Thermostat

First, your tech will want to make sure your settings are keeping you comfortable and saving you money at the same time. If you ask the tech he’ll show you the best way to set up your system and how to work it so it runs efficiently.

2) Start It Up (after all systems have been checked and serviced)

Your tech will turn everything off and start it all up again to inspect the controls of your system. This will make sure everything is in working order and will ensure the comfort and safety or your family. The air conditioning tech will also give you an update on what was serviced and what may need some attention today or in the future. The tech will finish off by inputting a record of services rendered and your updated HVAC system specs into our customer records.

IN THE GARAGE (Blower & Evaporator Coil)

1) Check and Replace the Air Filter if Needed

It’s such a simple thing, but a dirty filter is often just as bad as something being broken or bogged down. They need to be changed, which your tech will gladly do.

2) Inspect the Condensate Drain

Your unit can cause water damage if it’s plugged up. This can also cause mildew and mold to grow and can also affect the humidity levels in your home. Your tech will clean out any clogging debris.

3) Add a Condensation Tablet to the Condensate Drain

This little blue tablet helps in the elimination of fungi build up in the drain.

4) Clean Blower Motor: Housing and Compartment

5) Check Bearings

This is important to check because they support the motor shaft and blower wheel, and can make an awful sound if left unchecked.

6) Inspect the Controls

7) Temperature Check

Also called the “refrigerant levels.” Too hot or too cold are equally bad and both make your unit work harder for the same comfort outcome. Not to mention the extra work shortens the life of your unit. Your tech will adjust this level if necessary.

8) Test Capacitor

The capacitor helps start up the motor of your unit and helps in run efficiently.

9) Check for Rattling and Condensate Leaks

OUTSIDE (Condenser Coil & Fan)

1) Clean the Coils of Your Cooling Unit

Dirty coils are a bad thing because not only do they make it harder for your unit to cool your home, they also make your system run longer (causing your pockets to empty faster). We’ll clean ‘em up for you so you can keep your hard-earned money.

2) Test the Capacitor and Controls on the Outside Unit

3) Clean out Debris

It may seem like something simple, but just keeping the debris out of your unit could play a big part in helping it run smoothly.

4) Check for Signs of Refrigerant Leaks

5) Tighten Electrical Connectors

On top of making sure nothing falls off, they measure the voltage levels of your unit. If your system is older and having a hard time, i.e voltage fluctuations, your tech may suggest a hard start capacitor (which just gives your compressor an extra kick of voltage on startup) in which case he will check that too.

6) Temperature Check

Also called the “refrigerant levels.” Too hot or too cold are equally bad and both make your unit work harder for the same comfort outcome, not to mention the extra work shortens the life of your unit. Your tech will adjust this level if necessary.

So what are you waiting for?

It’s true, some of this stuff a homeowner can do themselves, but lets be honest, do you really want to? Besides that, there are HVAC system tests listed above that require special equipment and training, so we know for sure these are things the homeowner will likely never do. Warner Service has the finest team of air conditioning and heating service techs in Frederick and Hagerstown. Contact Us to schedule your Spring Maintenance appointment and ensure that you are cool and comfortable before that Maryland heat arrives.

Topics: HVAC