Scheduling an air conditioning tune-up at least once a year can significantly benefit your air conditioning system. In addition to increasing overall reliability, an air conditioner tune-up for your system can provide potential energy savings. When homeowners want the best there is in cooling services, they turn to our team.
We offer air conditioning maintenance services in areas of Pennsylvania such as Wayne, West Chester, Ardmore, Villanova, Drexel Hill, and Havertown. Allow our staff to work magic on your air conditioner. Our technicians are the best in their fields and will complete your air conditioning and heating maintenance services quickly and efficiently.
6 MAJOR STEPS OF AN AC TUNE-UP
WM Henderson, we understand how important it is to have an efficient air conditioner ready to keep your home comfortable. To ensure proper functionality, we suggest having annual maintenance for your cooling system. During your tune-up, you can expect the HVAC professionals to do the following:
STEP 1: CLEAN THE EXTERNAL CONDENSER & COMPRESSOR
The condenser is one of the most critical aspects of your air conditioner system. To make sure there are no faults or mishaps, our staff will clean your condenser as part of our air conditioner tune-up services. The condenser is typically found outside, but it can also be located in the garage or attic depending on the type. It usually has copper tubes, which are sometimes covered with a foam layer, running directly to your house.
STEP 2: SANITIZE THE AIR CONDITIONER FINS
From time to time, your fins may accumulate gunk and dirt, which aren’t easily removed. Technicians will typically use various tools to remove debris stuck on or in between the fins effectively.
STEP 3: CLEAN THE CONDENSER FAN
This is also an area where a lot of dust and debris can accumulate over time. Having your condenser fan cleaned will remove leaves, bugs, and debris that get trapped.
STEP 4: CHECK THE EVAPORATOR COIL
The evaporator coil door is usually found inside the blower/furnace unit, where much dust and debris accumulates. We’ll cleanse this area with a soft brush, then spray it with a no-rinse coil cleaner—this liquid will help release extra deposits and gunk from the coil and improve its efficiency.
STEP 5: PERFORM MAINTENANCE ON THE EVAPORATOR DRAIN
When the evaporator drain gets clogged due to the buildup of algae and mold, it needs to be unplugged and thoroughly cleaned and drained. We offer air conditioner tune-up services and will fix your clogged drain to prevent a flood and damaged parts or components.
STEP 6: CHANGE THE BLOWER FILTER
Your HVAC system blower filter needs to be changed out at least twice a year. And ideally, this should be just before the “heating” season and once more before the “cooling” season. The airflow rating of the existing filter and the new filter element should match.
OTHER STEPS OF AN AIR CONDITIONING TUNE-UP
- Perform Tests For Small to Large Refrigerant Leaks
- Measuring Airflow Near the Evaporator Coil
- Analyzing the Blower Motor, Belts, and Other Components For Damage
- Tightening Loose Connections
- Conduct an Inspection of Electrical Terminals
- Inspection of the Air Delivery System
- Efficiency Inspection
- Inspection to Confirm The Correct Amount of Refrigerant is Being Distributed and Utilized
TOP 5 SIGNS IT’S TIME TO PERFORM AN AIR CONDITIONER TUNE-UP
1. AIR CONDITIONER IS LOUDER THAN NORMAL
Screws hold your system in place, so if you notice an increase in noise level, it could be a sign a few screws may have fallen loose. Ensuring they’re all in the right place is essential to the overall health and functioning capabilities of your system. AC units have several motors. Noises may indicate different types of air conditioner (AC) tune-up issues. Our heating and cooling specialists do a great job diagnosing and solving issues like this. Other reasons why your unit may be noisy include bent blades, issues with your fan, or just a branch that fell in your unit. If you notice strange noises, contact WM. Henderson right away!
2. BLOWING WARM AIR
The last thing you want is your AC blowing warm air into your already hot home. If you’re experiencing warmer air, first check your air filter. When dealing with a dirty filter, the air isn’t able to flow properly throughout your air conditioning system, which can make the air feel warmer. If you can confirm it’s not an air filter issue, check your thermostat to ensure the air conditioning is on. It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how often it happens. If you cannot diagnose the problem, contact our licensed technicians to receive help with an air conditioner tune-up.
3. WEIRD ODORS
Sometimes, dirty condenser coils can build up grime and dust. When your AC fires up, it blows air over these coils. If they’re caked in dirt and bacteria, you’ll be able to smell the odor. Another issue could involve your air filtration. Changing your air filters every 60 to 90 days protects your home from outside air and bacteria. WM. Henderson’s heating and cooling specialists can help you determine whether your filtration system is working for your home.
4. WEAK AIRFLOW
If you notice cool air isn’t reaching its destination, it could signify that something is going on with your air ducts. Poor air filtration can also be caused by weak airflow.
5. TEMPERATURE VARIATIONS
Uneven cooling temperatures throughout your home are a sign that you need an air conditioner tune-up. If you notice the air conditioning temperatures are unevenly distributed, it might be a good idea to contact a service professor heating and cooling expert. WM. Henderson professionals will be able to diagnose where the issue lies within your air conditioning unit.
AC TUNE-UP SERVICES
If you’ve already turned on your air conditioning unit for the season, don’t worry—it’s never too late to schedule a tune-up! Contact WM. Henderson and schedule an appointment with one of our certified technicians. We offer air conditioning tune-up services to households in areas of Pennsylvania such as Wynnewood, Wayne, West Chester, Broomall, Media, and Drexel Hill. We guarantee quality workmanship and absolute professionalism. WM. Henderson has knowledgeable technicians who will keep your equipment running smoothly for years to come.
Updates to the Regional HVAC Equipment Efficiency and Testing Standards
Effective January 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will update its efficiency and testing standards for residential and commercial HVAC equipment. All regulatory changes will differ by product type and region. Since the updated standards will result in price increases across all HVAC contractors, now is the time to buy the equipment you need for your home or business.
The minimum efficiency standards for residential and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will increase production efficiency and national energy savings while decreasing national energy consumption.
Northern U.S. & Canada
All split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2023, must meet the updated standards. However, split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured before January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 13 SEER to 15 SEER in these regions.
Split-system air conditioners manufactured before January 1, 2023, can’t be installed once the updated standards take effect. All installations of products that don’t meet the new standards must be completed by December 31, 2022. However, split-system heat pumps, single-packaged air conditioners, and single-packaged heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 14 SEER to 15 SEER in both the Southwest and Southeast regions.
In addition to higher minimum efficiency standards, the M1 testing procedures used for residential and 3 to 5-ton light commercial, single-phase equipment manufactured on or after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will produce more accurate SEER, EER, and HSPF efficiency ratings. Manufacturers will be required to re-test equipment using the new M1 Standard requirements as well as publish equipment efficiency ratings using the new efficiency metrics of SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2.
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