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Get Your Air Conditioner Checked for the Spring

We’ve finally reached spring! Like everyone else, we’re looking forward to a long spring and summer spent outdoors enjoying some beautiful weather (scattered between the rains of the Pacific Northwest, of course). As the temperatures begin to rise, we’ll be getting closer to air conditioning season.

So what does this mean? It’s time for you to get your air conditioner checked for spring! Contacting your air conditioning service in Albany, OR for a spring tune-up will ensure your system is all ready to go for a long season of use.

Here are just a few reasons why it’s so important to get seasonal checkups of your air conditioning:

  • Improved energy efficiency: About half of your utility bill is taken up by heating and cooling costs. By tuning up your air conditioning every year, you can improve the efficiency of the unit and reduce the costs you have to pay. Your unit could suffer from reduced efficiency at a rate of five percent per year if you do not schedule these tune-ups, which means you’ll end up paying more than necessary in utility costs.
  • Prevent future repairs: During your tune-up, your assigned HVAC technician will perform a thorough inspection of all parts of the air conditioning system, including electrical connections, motors, condenser coils, refrigerant and more. This allows them to discover potential problems before they become costly, which means you can avoid having to make expensive repairs in the future. In this way, a tune-up each year will actually save you money in the long run.
  • Keep the air conditioner in good condition: The lifespan of your air conditioning unit depends not just on the quality of its manufacturing and when it was installed, but also on how well you have maintained it over the years. In general, a well-maintained air conditioning unit should last you in the neighborhood of 15 to 20 years. You’re looking at quite a bit less than that if you don’t make the effort to keep your unit in good condition and fail to make regular appointments with an HVAC technician to get it looked at.

What’s included in my spring tune-up

So, once you’ve made the decision to get a spring air conditioning tune-up, what exactly can you expect the technician to do during that appointment? Here’s a quick look at some of the tasks that are usually included in a tune-up appointment:

  • Checking refrigerant levels and adding/replacing refrigerant as needed
  • Cleaning all condenser coils
  • Cleaning and tightening all of the machine’s electrical connections
  • Cleaning and replacing filters
  • Calibrating the thermostat
  • Performing an amp draw on motors
  • Checking condensation lines and contacts

Different companies provide different services, so feel free to ask your chosen technician which services are included.

For more information about the benefits of getting an annual spring tune-up for your air conditioning, contact Larsell Mechanical Service today for air conditioning service in Albany, OR and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

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