Regular Air Conditioner Maintenance
If you want to get better efficiency with your AC unit, regular AC maintenance may be the answer. It’s easy to turn on your air conditioning system when the weather starts warming up each spring. However, if you simply turn on the switch without taking any other precautions, you may end up with an inefficient system. This can lead to high energy costs and frequent repairs.
The solution is professional AC maintenance provided by the expert technicians at Velocity Air Conditioning. Call today to save money and schedule your AC Tune-up before your system starts draining your wallet.
Velocity Air Conditioning brings more than 25 years of HVAC system repair service to people around the greater Tampa Bay area. Our team not only provides expert air conditioning maintenance and repair, but also an exceptional service experience. That’s why our team has received the coveted Best of Home Advisor award.
Benefits of Regular AC Maintenance
If you live near Clearwater, you probably notice the billboards and online ads for the yearly AC check-up. Discover how what it actually does for your system to help improve your experience and reduce your costs.
- Reduced Cooling Costs:
Running your air conditioner through the hot and humid Florida summers puts a strain on your budget. An inefficient system exacerbates that financial strain by reducing airflow and cooling capacity.
One of the primary goals of an AC tune-up is maintaining your system’s efficiency. Your technician achieves this by getting the system clean and ensuring all components are operating at their optimal level.
- Fewer Repairs:
Neglecting AC systems can strain and lengthen cooling cycles, resulting in the need for many repairs. When your system runs longer, it causes additional wear on each of the components, leading to premature repairs.
By simply working to keep your AC system properly maintained, you reduce the extra strain. This means that you avoid many repairs caused by neglecting the work to maintain efficiency.
- Extended Service Life:
The average air conditioner in Florida should last roughly 8-12 years when properly maintained. This is a little less than the national average due to the extra humidity and salt from being a coastal environment.
However, when you neglect your system, this additional humidity and salt wears excessively on your system. The primary target of this wear is your condensing coil, which corrodes without regular cleaning, leading to refrigerant leaks. Not maintaining your air conditioner can cause it to only work for 5 to 8 years. This will increase the cost of installing a new one each year.
- Maintains Manufacturer Warrant:
If your air conditioner is still under warranty, you probably need to do regular maintenance as part of the warranty. If you neglect your maintenance altogether, or try to DIY your own AC tune-up, you may forfeit your warranty.
The companies build in this term because an air conditioner is like any other mechanical system. The longer that it goes without maintenance, the more likely it will break down. Manufacturers know that they can prevent this with maintenance, and therefore they don’t want to hold liability for the repairs.
- Improves Overall Air Quality:
Performing regular AC maintenance plays a crucial role in improving air quality for homeowners. During regular maintenance, HVAC experts clean and change air filters, remove dust and debris from inside, and check for possible problems. By maintaining a clean AC system, the AC filters pollutants, allergens, and dust, preventing their spread in the home.
Moreover, a clean AC system reduces the risk of mold and mildew growth, which can negatively impact indoor air quality. AC maintenance improves air quality, making homes healthier and more comfortable. It also helps remove airborne contaminants, promoting the well-being of homeowners and their families.
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What Does an AC Tune-Up Include?
What Does an AC Tune-Up Include?
- Deep Cleaning:
One of the first steps a technician takes when performing a tune-up is cleaning the system. A clean evaporative coil is a good place to start. Small airborne particles will flow through your air filter, and settle on your circulating fan and evaporator coil.
As those particles accumulate, they restrict the volume of air your system circulates. Further, they act as a form of insulation on the evaporator coil, reducing the heat the refrigerant can absorb.
This is why maintaining your system’s efficiency requires cleaning out these contaminants regularly. Although it may be tempting to think that you can perform this cleaning on your own. Using the wrong cleaning product can harm the coil, causing a risky refrigerant leak that may need system replacement.
- System Inspection and Testing:
Next, your technician visually inspects your system for damage. It’s crucial to protect the outside coil from debris during tropical weather to prevent damage. If there are too many flattened fins on the coil, air cannot flow through to absorb heat from the refrigerant.
Part of testing the system includes checking the level of refrigerant in the system. Low refrigerant indicates a leak somewhere, and can burn out the compressor if left to get low enough. Once your compressor burns out, you’re likely looking at replacing the entire system.
- Cycle and Component Testing:
Once the visual inspection is complete, your technician will test your system. This includes testing the cooling cycle itself and temperature drop of the air coming through the system. They will test parts like the compressor, compressor capacitor, and fan motor to make sure they are working well.
Tampa Bay’s AC Maintenance and Repair Experts
Velocity Air Conditioning brings more than 25 years of HVAC experience to people around the greater Tampa Bay area. Our team not only provides expert air conditioning maintenance and repair, but also an exceptional service experience. That’s why our team has received the coveted Best of Home Advisor award.
Our team thoroughly checks your indoor and outdoor unit to ensure it operates at its best during the cooling seasons. If something needs more fixing, your technician will give you the best choices nearby to get it running smoothly fast.
Make sure your air conditioner is ready to tackle the heat and humidity of Florida’s summers. Call (813) 370-0299 to schedule your AC maintenance with the award-winning technicians at Velocity Air Conditioning today.
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