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Spring cleaning? Don’t forget the air conditioner

submitted by Brian Shadle, President, Service First Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., www.servicefirsthvac.com

Most of us wait until the first hot day of the year to turn on the air conditioning – don’t let an unpleasant surprise await you.

It’s easy to forget about your air conditioner during the cold snowy months of winter, but it becomes a high priority when it fails during the hottest days of summer.

Routine maintenance is essential to long-term proper operation of your air conditioner. Chances are if you have neglected maintenance on your system it is not running as efficiently as it should.

A years’ worth of dirt and debris clogging the coils, low coolant levels, dirty blower motors and multiple other simple problems can lead to your air conditioning running less efficiently and wearing out prematurely.

The routine maintenance on your system should include inspection of the system’s coils, belts, motors, drains, contactors, capacitors, relays and filters.

It also should include testing, measuring and recording operating temperatures and pressures. The thermostat should also be cleaned, level, and calibrated to insure proper operation.

This is just a sampling of the procedures that should be included in professional tune up. All systems, even the most reliable, require routine maintenance.

Air conditioners benefit in many ways from having an annual service. A system that has been serviced can recover lost efficiency, is less likely to break down, has a longer lifespan, and will operate for less money.

Making a small investment into your air conditioning system at the beginning of the season can give you peace of mind and help keep you comfortable all summer long.