In order to safely test a central air conditioning unit, the ambient temperature should be 65 degrees or higher. In Colorado, this time frame can be as early as April, but definitely by May. It's a good idea to schedule a check-up early as the HVAC companies will get busier and their schedules tighter as the weather heats up. This testing should be done annually, and the cost varies from $75 to $100, provided no major repairs are needed.
During the service call, the HVAC technician should perform the following:
- Check for proper refrigerant (freon) levels. A low level indicates a leak, which will need to be located and repaired before adding more freon.
- Check all electrical components and controls.
- Clean evaporator and condenser coils as needed.
- Oil motors as needed.
- Calibrate the thermostat.
- Check Condenser.
- Check filters.
Here are a few basic maintenance tips for the homeowner:
- Check the condensing until outside to make sure it's not covered up. Some homeowners intentionally cover the unit, even though it's not necessary because it's designed to withstand the natural elements. Clear dead leaves, lawn furniture, toys, newspapers, and other debris that collects throughout the winter away from the unit.
- Run the air conditioner before you need it. If you wait until it's hot, you could possibly be stuck in a long line of homeowners waiting for an HVAC technician.
- Change filters regularly. Dirty filters reduce efficiency, restrict air flow, and can lead to mechanical failure in some cases.
- Be sure your thermostat is set to the cooling mode.
- Never use water to clean the air conditioning unit. A clean unit will operate at top efficiency, but using a hose and water to clean it could run the risk of electrical shock and possibly shorting electrical components.
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