You want to get your air conditioner repaired, so what does the process involve? You want to know what is involved as often times your air conditioner is the largest investment inside your house, and can have a house-shaping effect. An air conditioner can increase the value of your home, and so you want a good job done with the maintenance and repair of your air conditioning system.
So you know the signs already to look out for that you need to have it serviced or repaired. Of course you don’t need the following list, but there is it anyway.
- Leaking or dripping air con unit
- Air conditioner not blowing at full power or fan is working but there is no cool or hot air
- Unit switches off randomly
- Noisier/louder than usual or the power shorts out
- Unit does not cool/heat or there is reduced air flow
The benefits of a yearly maintenance are many, including:
- Reducing power usage along with reduced power bills
- Maintain optimum performance
- Increase life span
- Reduce potential call out costs
- Keeps air conditioning units hygienically clean and fresh
Regular air conditioning maintenance is really no different to your regular car maintenance, you can pay a little bit for routine service or wait and pay a lot more for major repairs. Even if your air conditioner seems to be running smoothly, it can lose about 5% of its operational efficiency every year.
This means that the cost of a regular service is quickly recovered in savings on your monthly electricity bill and in reduced repair costs. A properly serviced air conditioner will also do a better job of dehumidifying your home.
A qualified repair technician should:
- Check for correct amount of refrigerant
- Test for refrigerant leaks using a leak detector
- Capture any refrigerant that must be evacuated from the system, instead of illegally releasing it to the atmosphere
- Check for and seal duct leakage in central systems
- Measure airflow through the evaporator coil
- Verify the correct electric control sequence and make sure that the heating system and cooling system cannot operate simultaneously
- Inspect electric terminals, clean and tighten connections, and apply a non-conductive coating if necessary
- Oil motors and check belts for tightness and wear
- Check the accuracy of your thermostat.