A/C Maintenance

    Without regular maintenance an air conditioner loses about 5% of it's original efficiency for each year of operation. This means that the 13 SEER unit that you bought just a few years ago may be functioning like a 9 SEER unit today! The good news is that you can recover most of that lost efficiency through regular yearly maintenance. Studies show that with regular tune-ups a unit will maintain up to 95% of it's original efficiency. This means that the cost of an annual tune-up is recovered very quickly in savings on your monthly electric bill and reduced repair costs. The service check should include cleaning the condensing unit coils, checking the amp draw of the compressor, oiling the fan motors, checking that belts are well adjusted, and checking the system operating pressures and temperatures against the manufacturer's specifications. One of the most important items to check is the refrigerant level (commonly know as Freon) in the air conditioner. A system that is only 10% low on refrigerant will cost about 20% more to operate! The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) recommends that refrigerant levels be checked every year.

    As a matter of fact, good warranties can make you complacent about the need for regular inspections for your heating equipment. However, if your equipment is not regularly inspected and maintained, the lack of service history will nullify your good warranty! Below is a checklist of common maintenance procedures that Need-A-Tech Heating and Air include in their routine maintenance checks and a list of some basic tips that homeowners can do themselves to help maintain their air conditioning systems.

Our A/C Maintenance Service Checklist

  • Ensure the unit is operating normally by cycling through a brief call for heat.  If it is not, inform customer immediately and convert cal to a repair with their permission.
  • Remove and check air filter and return for debris and dirt.
  • Inspect blower wheel and blower motor/fan belt. Clean and oil if necessary.
  • Check for proper refrigerant levels. (Low levels indicate a leak and can burn out your compressor)
  • Check all accessible electrical components and controls
  • Chemically wash condenser coil.
  • Chemically clean evaporator coil if accessible.
  • Check safety devices for proper operation.
  • Inspect all wiring and electrical connections.
  • Check thermostat for proper operation.
  • Run unit, then check supply return temperature difference.
  • Check and clear condensate drain from blockages.

    How you’ll benefit from regular preventative maintenance: It’s generally true that the more often you have annual service performed, the more you’re likely to benefit from the service. But even if you’ve neglected to service your air conditioner for a few years, you can still get in on its benefits by starting regular service now. Don't hesitate to call us.

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Sat 7AM-7PM
Closed Sundays and Holidays.
Emergency Services Available.

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