Why Is Maintenance Necessary for My Air Conditioner or Heat Pump?

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No one wants their AC/HP to be on the blink when the temperatures in Cedar Park, TX rise to the top of the thermometer. Routine annual maintenance on your system will go a long way toward preventing that situation from happening.

Your AC/HP requires regular maintenance to keep it running smoothly and efficiently just like your vehicle. Keeping current on your system’s maintenance will help to ensure its efficiency, dependability and longevity. If your equipment is currently covered by a manufacturer parts warranty, proof of routine maintenance may be required before a warranty claim can be approved.

The best time of year to have your AC serviced is in the spring before the summer heat wave begins. Call Arise to make your appointment to have one of our certified and knowledgeable technicians come out to your home to maintain your unit.

Before the temperatures hit those dreaded triple digits, it’s best to have your investment protected by having it cleaned and thoroughly inspected. Our technicians will inspect the cooling function of your AC/HP to be sure everything is working properly and will perform recommended cleaning for maximized efficiency.

By having this done annually, you can typically head off any larger repairs. Our technicians are trained to spot and diagnose anything that may potentially become a bigger problem in the future such as parts that may begin to present excessive wear. We can take the necessary steps to address issues before a breakdown occurs.

A few things to expect your technician to check during your annual service:

  • Check the evaporator and condenser coils for dirt and debris. Keeping the coils clean helps your AC/HP to cool your home at maximum efficiency by preventing the system from overworking due to blocked air flow.
  • Check the blower assembly for dirt and debris and check the blower wheel for safe function and proper airflow.
  • Check the internal parts for broken, failing, oily or damaged parts, which may not be easily noticed. If your AC/HP continues to run with damaged components, it will eventually cause your system to fail, possibly taking out other costly components in the process.
  • Check the refrigerant level using proper gauges and measurement techniques. Low refrigerant levels will not allow your AC/HP to adequately cool your home. The refrigerant cycle is a sealed system so a low refrigerant level could be an indication of a larger problem. According to the Dept. of Energy, 74% of AC/HP systems have incorrect refrigerant charge from the time of installation, potentially causing lifelong issues with cooling as well as decreasing the lifespan of your equipment.
  • Check your system’s thermostat for proper settings and function. A failing thermostat may improperly read or record the indoor temperature, requiring your AC/HP to overwork or underperform.
  • Check the duct system for leaks and damage. A damaged or improperly sealed duct system can introduce unfiltered/unconditioned air into your home or can wastefully leak cooled air into your attic/garage/closet where your indoor unit is located. Leaking ducts can also dramatically increase the transfer of dust and allergens into your home. Oftentimes, ducts are not properly sealed during the initial installation. These issues can be easily identified with an inspection and repaired for maximum efficiency.

Your air conditioner is a huge investment worth protecting. Keeping up with the recommended annual maintenance is proven to save money long term by maximizing efficiency and spotting potential needed repairs before they cause damage. Call Arise to schedule your maintenance appointment now. Our technicians are always available and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

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