Well, there is no question about it. It’s hot out there. Go ahead and check the current weather conditions with your meteorologist of choice, but you don’t need a fancy green screen with infrared graphics to feel the heat once you open the front door. We are willing to bet that your air conditioner is very heavy, regular rotation. Here is a question for you, though—is it in the great working condition necessary for doing so as successfully as possible?
If you have not scheduled routine air conditioning maintenance with a member of our team, then the answer is definitely “no”. Each and every year, your air conditioner needs a thorough tune-up, and that is a service that only a trained professional can provide. Why? Well, because only a trained professional has the background knowledge, training, and tools necessary to do the job right. When it comes to air conditioning services in Grand Rapids, MI, ours is the team you can trust!
What Does It Entail?
Come on, you may be thinking. I’m a handy person. Surely I have what it takes to tune up my AC on my own.
We invite you to take a look at the chart below.
Are You a Professional AC Technician?
Yes / No
Tune It Up Yourself / Hire a Professional
Why are we so adamant that you need to hire a professional if you want to have your system tuned up properly? Well, it’s much more than just the basic cleaning and perhaps the tightening up of a few bolts than you may expect. During annual maintenance, there is a whole long, complex checklist of tasks that must be completed with care. Some items on these lists include the following.
- Cleaning and lubricating moving parts.
- Cleaning and testing electrical connections.
- Checking refrigerant charge (that’s a big one!).
- Testing amperage/voltage.
- Checking motor function.
- Testing thermostat, and other components.
You get the idea. In addition to all of this, which will ensure that your system is running as effectively and reliably as possible, we also offer a great maintenance plan that will entitle you, as a member, to even greater benefits! Check it out here for more details.
Okay, You Convinced Me. There’s Nothing I Can Do.
That is not what we said at all! Your annual AC maintenance is a necessity, and only a trained professional can handle that maintenance. However, there are a couple of basic maintenance tasks that you actually can and should handle on your own.
The most important is changing your air filter as needed. We’ll do this during your tune-up, but it definitely needs to be done more than once a year. Typically, you’ll need to change your air filter every month or two. We recommend checking in it monthly to be safe.
You should also be sure to keep the outdoor unit clean and free of debris. Spray it down if there are grass clippings all over it, as that can inhibit the release of heat via the condenser. You should also keep the top of the unit free of any tree limbs, etc.