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Diagnosing AC Issues: Why Maintenance Matters

We introduced you to the idea of AC maintenance and its importance in our previous blog post—getting this service on your schedule once a year helps to ensure your air conditioner works as well as it was designed to, for as long as it was meant to.

It’s easy to get started with maintenance, too—just give us a call! We’re happy to discuss with you the benefits of our time-saving and cost-saving maintenance plan.

In the meantime though, we really want to stress why exactly maintenance matters so much. We listed some benefits in that blog post a couple of weeks ago, and we also talked about what happens during maintenance—our technicians thoroughly inspect the system, making necessary adjustments and alerting you to repair needs.

What Gets Checked During an AC Inspection?

So, let’s talk about the ‘inspection’ part of maintenance! It’s important to remember that inspections of any complex appliance or piece of mechanical equipment requires highly trained and experienced technicians with the right tools for the job. Air conditioners are intricate, involving many different components that could be hazardous if not handled correctly (like refrigerant, for instance).

There is a long checklist that HVAC technicians go through when checking your HVAC system. Another reason you want to trust the pros—versus hiring an amateur or working with a DIY-enthusiast—is that we know exactly what to look for and what different problems mean for your cooling system:

  • Loose or Corroded Electrical Connections: Some of the most common problems that homeowners run into regarding their cooling systems are electrical in nature. Moisture and other particles in the air can cause electrical wiring and connections to corrode over time. This eventually causes components to fail and can lead to a premature break down for your air conditioner. But when we thoroughly inspect your air conditioner during your maintenance appointment, we’ll check for this and see if a simple adjustment or component replacement will do the trick. In many cases, that’s all that’s needed!
  • Motors That Need Lubrication: Too much strain on the motors of your air conditioner can cause overheating to the point that they burn out and stop working. This is more likely to occur if you have dust or grime within your system coating those motors, or if those motors are losing their lubrication. Our technicians will re-lubricate the motors during maintenance, saving you the trouble of dealing with this problem.
  • Refrigerant Pressure and Levels: There’s a fairly common misconception among homeowners, unfortunately, spread in part by unscrupulous HVAC “professionals”—that refrigerant is something that needs to be “topped off” during each maintenance session. That is not what we are saying! The fact is, if you’re losing refrigerant, it means you have a leak. So while we will need to refill it (referred to as recharging), we first need to locate where the leak is coming from and repair it. So, during maintenance, we check your refrigerant line to see that it has enough refrigerant in it and that it is properly pressurized.
  • Damaged or Dirty Blower Components: The blower of your air conditioners is what moves air through the coils of the air conditioner and into the ductwork. Dirty or failing blowers duct down on efficiency and airflow.
  • Thermostat Troubles: Yup! The thermostat is absolutely part of your AC system. The thing is, this component is essentially the “brain” of your air conditioner. If something is wrong with it—it’s miscalibrated or has loose wiring—then it can seriously impact the performance of your air conditioner. Thermostat troubles are a big part of air conditioning diagnostics.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions about our maintenance plan or the benefits of maintenance. And if you haven’t scheduled your air conditioner maintenance yet, please give us a call today!

At Smart Choice Heating and Air, we are “Dedicated to Great Service, Clean Air & Happy Homes.” Contact us when you need reliable air conditioning service in Santa Ana, CA.

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