When a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system run well, homeowners rarely notice that it is doing its job by delivering conditioned air to create a comfortable indoor environment. When it stops working, you take immediate notice. In the warm, humid climate of Venice, FL, HVAC units run hundreds of hours each year and must be tuned up regularly to work efficiently.
Air Conditioning Tune-Up Checklist
Heating and cooling account for almost half of home energy use in the United States. Many consumers are looking for ways to reduce fuel consumption, become more energy efficient and lower utility bills. Properly maintaining air conditioning and heating equipment can reduce energy usage and save on electric bills. A well-maintained system often needs fewer repairs.
Most major manufacturers recommend furnace and air conditioning tune-ups by trained technicians twice a year. Furnaces should be inspected in the fall before first use in the cold season, and air conditioners should be serviced in the spring to be ready for summer.
An air conditioning tune-up will:
- Clean or replace air filters as needed
- Lubricate all moving parts
- Inspect electrical connections and wiring
- Ensure thermostat is properly calibrated
- Adjust refrigerants
- Inspect cooling and condenser coils
- Inspect drainage conduits
- Inspect and adjust blower and fans
- Ensure that the unit cycles on and off properly
One of the simplest ways to keep a system running efficiently is to clean the filter regularly. A clean filter reduces dust and other airborne pollutants from circulating within the system and allows air to circulate freely.
Adjusting thermostats includes cleaning the cover and controls, leveling the device and making sure that it is not in direct sunlight or on an exterior wall. Proper calibration ensures that the desired temperature is maintained without unnecessary cycling on and off.
Some customers opt for programmable thermostats that automatically adjust settings throughout the day and night based on a family’s lifestyle. Why cool your house when you are away all day? The device can be programmed to lower the temperature later in the day so that you have a comfortable indoor environment when you return home.
About Aqua Plumbing & Air
Aqua Plumbing & Air has provided air conditioning repair, maintenance and installation services in Sarasota, Bradenton and Manatee counties since 1974. As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, our technicians are factory trained to provide the best service possible. They are certified in both core competencies and specialties by North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the industry leader in technician certification. We are licensed, insured and bonded.
We provide on-site consultations and written recommendations before undertaking repairs, maintenance or installation of new equipment so that you understand what work should be done and how much it will cost.
Our services include:
- HVAC repair, maintenance and installation
- 100 percent customer satisfaction
- 24-hour emergency service
- Annual maintenance agreements
- Residential and commercial services
- NATE certified technicians
We offer several annual maintenance agreements that let you select the kind of protection you want. Our Energy Reduction Maintenance Agreement can help to lower electric bills and extend the life of your equipment.
Written by John Miller