Louisville Cooling System Maintenance Service
Cooling maintenance is a primary factor in improving the air conditioning performance and energy efficiency of any central air conditioner, heat pump, or ductless air conditioning system with multiple room air conditioners. A professional HVAC system tune up should be part of the regular maintenance routine for your Louisville air conditioning and heating system.
Make sure your cooling system receives the preventative maintenance care it needs each year when you schedule service with Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Our NATE-certified team of air conditioner technicians perform comprehensive maintenance servicing for all aspects of your heat pump or air conditioning cooling equipment. Better performance from a well-maintained air conditioner keeps the home supplied with a reliable source of cool air while this finely tuned HVAC system is less likely to experience the need for sudden, expensive repairs. You and your loved ones stay cool efficiently, because you won’t be overcharged for wasted energy on your electricity bill.
We inspect all major components of the indoor unit and outdoor unit, including the condensate drain, evaporator coil, condenser coil, compressor, electrical connections, thermostat, refrigerant lines, bent fins, blower fan, and more. During tune ups, technicians complete cleaning, lubrication, and other preventative care where it matters while we check controls and evaluate operations such as system starts, temperature readings and drops, and air flow to determine if adjustments are needed to improve cooling system performance. Central air conditioners and ductless room air conditioners as well as heating system units that receive consistent preventative services don’t fail as early as neglected HVAC equipment does, allowing homeowners to save more money by spacing out cooling system replacement.
Maintenance Benefits for Your Air Conditioner in Louisville, KY
Seasonal heating and cooling system tune ups are an important aspect of maintaining a Louisville home. Maintenance is such a simple and affordable service, you really cannot afford to skip it for your air conditioner – the benefits are too valuable to go without!
When you take good care of your HVAC system equipment through regular maintenance, the top rewards you reap include:
1. Improvements in System’s Efficiency
A tune up for your air conditioner or heat pump system turns back the clock so to speak on cooling seasons past. The wear and tear damage each component accumulates under normal conditions is mitigated, allowing every part of your cooling system to operate without this burden. By removing sources of stress throughout the air conditioner, the system is simply able to run like it’s supposed to, without the strain that would force the unit to consume excess energy.
2. Fewer Repairs
Ridding parts of wear and tear damage really does wonders for your air conditioner, beyond just that boost in the system’s efficiency. With all parts performing correctly and without stress, the system is less likely to experience a malfunction or break down. Moving parts like the blower motor, fans, valves, and other equipment lasts longer. Fewer breakdowns and repairs are another way maintenance allows you to save more money when it comes to air conditioner care.
3. Cleaner Indoor Air
Air pollution is a problem in many Louisville homes, yet most homeowners don’t realize what a big deal it actually is. Particle pollution concentrations can be much greater indoors than outside, and with so much time being spent indoors, the average person is constantly being exposed to these contaminants.
Maintenance tune ups for air conditioner systems include a much-needed cleaning that benefits system performance as well as home air quality. Particles like pollen, dust, and more flow into the indoor unit and settle their as air circulates for cooling, only to be swept up again later and transported into living areas. During the tune up, the indoor equipment cabinet, evaporator coil, and condensate drain are cleaned to completely remove matter from the HVAC system, preventing it from ever entering the air supply.
Furthermore, new air filters are installed during maintenance if a dirty filter is currently being used at the time of a tune up. With a fresh filter in place, the system is equipped to remove more contaminants from air flow, whereas a dirty filter is forced to let them pass through the system and the home.
4. Longer System Lifespan
The improvements in efficiency and performance along with the reduction in breakdowns allows maintenance to keep air conditioner units in service longer. When maintenance is made a priority, expect that unit to keep running a few years or more longer than a system that was not professionally maintained each year.
5. Maintain Warranty Protection
When you install a new air conditioner or heat pump unit, the manufacturer provides an equipment warranty for the system, which covers the cost of certain replacement parts, such as a compressor, should a defect be discovered. What most people don’t realize is that some equipment manufacturers actually require their units receive professional maintenance each year – skipping a tune up could invalidate the warranty, forcing you to pay out of pocket to fix system defects if they arise in the future.
Homeowner Questions About Cooling Maintenance
Because cooling maintenance is so important to the longevity and performance of your air conditioner, it’s important to know why that is so and how to make sure your unit’s maintenance needs are taken care of ongoing. Below, Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling answers some commonly asked questions regarding maintenance for air conditioners.
How often does an air conditioner need a professional tune up?
Professional maintenance service for any cooling system is recommended once per year, which is also the same frequency recommended for heating equipment. An air conditioner is serviced once per year while a heat pump is serviced two times – this is because heat pumps are both heating and cooling systems, so both annual maintenance tune ups are directed at the home’s dual heating and cooling unit.
When should maintenance be performed?
A tune up for your air conditioner will be beneficial anytime it is performed. However, scheduling tune ups at certain times of the year can provide you with one extra yet important advantage.
We recommend scheduling cooling system tune ups starting in early spring and heating system tune ups starting in early fall, well before winter. The earlier in the season, the better, because you want to get professional eyes on your system to inspect your unit before it’s time to start using it for the year. This creates a valuable opportunity to identify defects in performance or parts so they can be corrected as soon as possible.
Fixing any known or found issues ahead of summer or winter can make the difference in the extent and expense of repair work as well as whether or not you experience a lack of heating or cooling due to a system outage. It’s not uncommon for HVAC contractors to be extremely busy once the weather turns either hot or cold – many people find their furnaces or air conditioners won’t turn on or aren’t working right when they first attempt to fire up the equipment after several months off. If you turn on the system without having a technician inspect and ok it, you risk causing more damage to your system and maybe even a breakdown that leaves you without heating or cooling in the house for a few days.
What are the steps of a cooling system tune up?
A cooling maintenance tune up includes numerous steps as it is a very comprehensive care service designed to address all aspects of the system. There’s no heat exchanger or gas pressure to inspect as there is with a gas furnace or boiler system, but the cooling maintenance steps for an air conditioner and heat pump are just as important.
Maintenance steps for cooling include:
- Check controls to verify proper function at system starts and throughout a cooling cycle
- Observe temperature readings from the thermostat and recalibrate the thermostat if needed
- Examine wires and electrical connections, tightening them as needed
- Clean out algae, mold, and debris from the condensate drain pan and drain pipe
- Clean the evaporator coil inside the indoor unit
- Clean the condenser coil inside the outdoor unit
- Correct bent fins along the exterior of the condenser unit using a fin comb
- Lubricate motor bearings and moving parts throughout the system
- Verify refrigerant charge
- Measure amperage and volt draw of compressor
- Remove debris stuck to the outside of the condenser
- Replace filter if needed
What maintenance should I complete between tune ups?
The once per year professional service isn’t the only maintenance care your air conditioner or heat pump requires to stay in good shape. There are some actions you should take between visits to help your cooling system run optimally.
- Check the air filter each month and replace it whenever it has filled up with contaminants.
- Keep the outside of the condenser unit clear of weeds, yard debris, and outdoor items that could block air movement through the unit – leave a clear space of at least two feet on every side of the unit.
- If mold or algae grows in the condensate drip pan, remove standing water and clean out the pan with detergent or a bleach solution.
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