A/C Tips … Spring is right around the corner!
Our weather in South Carolina is always hit or miss when it comes to the winter months. Last week, we had a terrible winter storm. Some South Carolinians still do not have electricity. And a week later, we are hitting record high temperatures. Go figure!
This week has definitely given us “Spring Fever!” The beautiful mild days with warm sunshine beaming down… I know that I love spring time in Charleston SC.
With that in mind, before you know it, the 80°- 90°F temperatures will be here. One thing that most people don’t think about is when the temperatures heat up, the A/C (air conditioner) is coming on. It is real easy to flip that switch on the thermostat, and to get that air conditioner cranking out the cool air. But, is your A/C ready to get to work?
All cars need preventive maintenance, and your a/c is no different. Your heating and air conditioning system needs some TLC (tender loving care) also. It has worked hard to keep you warm and cozy this winter. Now it is time to change gears for the warm to hot days to come.
Your A/C is in need of preventive maintenance. “Why?”, you might ask. To keep it in tip top shape and running most efficiently. One thing that Staci and I cannot stand is a high electric bill. What is worse… a high electric bill AND not being comfortable in our home! When your unit is not running efficiently, you being to pay for it … in your electric bill (ouch!)
In addition, these inspections detect potential problems before they become expensive problems. When repairs are caught early, you can avoid costly repairs, and possibly, keep your unit from having to be replaced.
A few weeks ago, Arctic Air had a customer that cal us because their heating unit was not working. When we got there, we did our usual diagnostic. This is what our service technician found. There was an electrical fire inside their unit. All of the wiring had to be fixed. If this unit had preventive maintenance done by Arctic Air, we would have found a loose electrical connection. This loose electrical connection caused the fire! This is one of the items that is on our check list to be inspected.
I am not sure if you can see it in this picture, but you may notice all of the burnt wires on the lower right side of the unit. Because of the vibration from the fans and other parts, connections are bound to come loose. This is NOT what you want to see, especially at your home.
Here is what our inspections consist of:
- Inspect condenser coil
- Test and adjust operating pressures
- Test starting capabilities
- Inspect blower assembly
- Test amp draws on motors
- Test voltage on motors
- Test and check safety controls
- Clean condensate drain
- Lubricate necessary moving parts
- Calibrate thermostat
- Check for proper air flow
- Measure temperature difference
- Check expansion valve
- Inspect and spray evaporator coil with cleaner (accessible only)
- Test in a/c cycle
- Check all electrical connections and capacitors
If you join our Discount Club, you receive a Summer Tune-up and a Winter Tune-up, no overtime charges ever, priority customer service, preferred pricing on repairs. This is an affordable way to keep your unit properly maintain. We even offer a monthly payment plan… as low as $13.25/mo!
Call today to get your Air Conditioner running in tip-top shape! 843-821-0937 or submit a service request online.