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With As Much As Mesa Homeowners Need Their A/Cs, Preventive Maintenance Should Not Be Ignored

September 8, 2011   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Air Conditioning, Air Filters, Ductwork, Energy Evaluations, Fans, Heating, IAQ – Indoor Air Quality, Preventative Maintenance, Service & Maintenance, Thermostats

In the sunny, hot desert climate of Mesa, you need your A/C system to operate at optimum levels at all times. Preventive maintenance checks can ascertain that your A/C system works well on an ongoing basis and can also extend the life of your A/C system.

The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) offers some tips on how to keep your central air-conditioning system running efficiently, including the following:

  • Check the air filter to be sure it is clean. If it is dirty, either change it or wash if it’s the reusable type. Air filters should be cleaned or changed on a monthly basis.
  • Clear away debris, such as leaves, weeds, mulch, grass, plants and hoses that block the airflow through the outdoor condensing unit.
  • Periodically clean the outdoor condensing unit by dousing it with water from your garden hose.
  • Check that the areas around your home’s air-conditioning vents are free from obstacles and aren’t blocked by furniture or other large objects.
  • Close off rooms that are not in use, and close the air-conditioning vents in those rooms. The homeowner should consider adding zoning controls in the unused areas, which will substantially reduce cooling costs.
  • Fan speeds should be placed on high.

You can also visit our Ocean Air blog for more detailed do-it-yourself maintenance tips.

It’s crucial to schedule a trained, certified HVAC technician to perform a preventive maintenance check on your air-conditioning system. Be sure that the contractor checks the following:

  • Refrigerant level and potential leaks
  • Electrical connections: they should be tightened and cleaned
  • Thermostat settings and thermostat accuracy
  • Condensate drain: make sure it’s not clogged
  • Duct work: seal any leakage
  • Belts and oil motors: they should be tightened and checked for wear and tear
  • Evaporator coil airflow
  • Lubrication
  • Electric control sequencing
  • Blower components

Contact Ocean Air Conditioning and Heatingfor all of your HVAC system needs. We received the Mesa Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award for 2011, and we provide HVAC preventive maintenance, A/C service and new installations, for both commercial and residential needs.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Ocean Air, Air Conditioning & Heating services the East Valley of Phoenix. To get started, check out our website.

 

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