Monday, February 3, 2014

Why Spring is the Best Time for AC Maintenance

Just like your car needs its oil changed and maintenance done every few months to a year, your AC unit needs to be attended to annually to ensure optimal performance and safety. The question is, when should this be done? The best time is in the spring, before the blistering Arizona heat makes its way throughout the Valley. By performing maintenance in the spring, while your AC unit is not running, you end up saving money, time, and comfort. Most HVAC companies run busy once summer is in full swing and therefore it will be harder for them to find the time to check on your AC unit. This way, you will be ahead of the game and your AC unit will be in perfect shape, ready to take on the hot summer months.

If you wait until later to perform maintenance on your unit, you could be putting yourself at risk of a broken down unit in the height of summer, making your home uncomfortably hot. Also, checking up on your unit early ensures your AC unit will have all possible damage fixed, saving you money in the long run; you won’t have to pay for the expensive repairs and replacements that come with a broken unit. Understandably, 90% of HVAC equipment failures result from neglect, maintaining your unit now puts you ahead of the game and out of harms way. The best way to prevent these issues is, of course, to call a trained A/C specialist (such as Arctic Fox) to inspect and assess your unit. Here’s a list of routine maintenance checks we will provide when inspecting your unit:

  • Check electrical systems and test run the unit
  • Inspect the motors and bearings for problems
  • Lubricate bearings as needed
  • Check Freon and coolant
  • Clean/replace air filters
  • Check thermostat operation
  • Check condensation line(s) and clean them if necessary
  • Check and test for duct work leaks
  • Check belts and tighten loose parts

And please don’t forget to do your part by cleaning and changing the air filters every month or so, especially during pollen season! Together, we can keep your AC unit running strong and keep your family nice and cool this summer, and for many more to come!