08 Feb Air Conditioning: We’ll Help You Keep Cool All Summer Long
Did you know that it is practical to have your air conditioning system checked up before the weather gets hot?
The reason for this is simple. Letting a technician check the status of your air conditioner while the weather is cooler ensures that your system will be in peak condition when summer starts. It means you’ll have cool air instead of getting a blast of warm air when you turn on your air conditioner.
Ballard experiences four seasons, so it is critical for a home’s heating and cooling system to function efficiently whenever it is needed. Weather conditions can be erratic and you cannot trust that summer will always be hot. There will be times when the weather turns blustery while other areas are humid. If your air conditioning system is fully maintained you can be sure that you’re comfortable inside your home, whatever summer conditions are prevailing outside.
Make it a hometown advantage
There’s a benefit in knowing a professional air conditioning contractor in your community. You see, each home’s layout is different and the heating and cooling needs vary. A professional contractor within your neighborhood is more familiar with the homeowners and the cooling requirements of each household. We at Ballard take the time to consider all the details. And you know you’ll get more than what you pay for because your satisfaction and trust is of great value to us.
Ballard Plumbing and Heating is an expert provider of air conditioning services. We have trained and licensed technicians in cooling and heating. We are always up-front in our work estimates and we need your express agreement before we start any work.
Why you need a properly maintained air conditioning system
An air conditioning system is a major appliance, which means it is a big investment. You do not want your investment to go to waste. You want to protect it so you can use it for a long time. And the way to protect your air conditioning system is to have it regularly maintained and tuned-up. Proper maintenance ensures that your cooling system is dependable and energy-efficient.
An air conditioner has several parts that need cleaning, replacement and regular maintenance, such as the fins, coils and filters. If not properly maintained, your energy consumption goes up while the efficient performance of your system goes down.
Here are the cooling system parts that need to be checked regularly.
To ensure the efficiency of your cooling system, it is essential to routinely clean or replace the filters. As the name implies, the function of the filters is to prevent dirt, pollen and other solid debris from circulating into your home. Thus, it becomes clogged with dirt and other airborne materials. When clogged, it obstructs the airflow, which significantly reduces the efficiency of your system. The dirt that is trapped on the filter may also reach the evaporator coil and reduce its capacity to absorb heat. You can lower your energy consumption by 5% to 15% by replacing the filter regularly. The location of the filters depends on the type of cooling system you have.
Moreover, there are filters that should be replaced while others are reusable. It’s recommended that filters be replaced every month or every two months in summer. If you are using your air conditioner constantly, you have dogs or cats and your location experiences dusty conditions, your system’s air filters should be cleaned or replaced more frequently.
The condenser coil and the evaporator coil of the air conditioner tend to collect dirt over time. When your air filter is clean, the evaporator coil does not get dirty easily. If neglected, the accumulated dirt will insulate the evaporator coil and reduce airflow, which causes the ability of the evaporator coil to absorb heat to be reduced as well. We at Ballard recommend an annual cleaning and inspection of the evaporator coil.
For cooling systems with outdoor condenser coils, dust and foliage can make them dirty. The immediate surroundings should be kept clean. Remove dry leaves, grass and trim back your plants. Ensure that airflow around the outdoor condenser is adequate.
3. Condensate Drains
The drain channels of your cooling unit can be clogged as well due to dirty condensate that may carry some small but solid debris. You can clean it yourself by passing a stiff wire through the drain channels. But if you do not know how, it is better to have a professional technician do it for you. When the drain channels are clogged, their capability to reduce humidity is lessened. If this occurs, the excess moisture can create moist spots and discolor your carpet or walls. Unnoticed, the moist spots can lead to growth of mildew.
4. Coil Fins
The coil fins on the condenser and evaporator coils are made of aluminum, which are soft and easy to bend. If this happens, the coil fins can block the airflow. You can buy a fin comb so you can clean the coil fins easily.
5. Window seals
If you have window type air conditioners, it is essential to inspect the seal around the unit and the window frame before summer starts. This ensures that no gaps or cracks appear on the seal that can cause cool air to escape from the room.
Extending the serviceable life of your cooling system depends on how you care for it. In winter when you need warmth, ensure that your air conditioner is stored properly. See to it that you put a sturdy cover on top the outdoor unit if you have a central air conditioner to protect it from debris and other hard and heavy items that may fall on it.
Talk with the professionals at Ballard for air conditioning maintenance and repair
Some people can do simple maintenance work for their air cooling system, such as keeping parts clean and replacing air filters. But if the unit requires more than basic maintenance, it is better to talk to a professional service provider. Give us a call and let’s discuss the problems with your system.
Typically, when our trained air conditioning technician visits you, he does the following:
- Check that the refrigerant is in the correct amount
- Check the unit for refrigerant leaks
- Check for leaks in the seal duct
- Capture the refrigerant removed from the system
- Check evaporator coil to measure airflow
- Check thermostat accuracy
- Inspect and clean electric terminals, tighten connections and a when needed, apply a non-conductive coating
- Confirm electrical control sequence for correctness
- Ensure that that cooling system and heating system do not run simultaneously
- Check belts for signs of wear and tear, ensure belts are tight and apply oil to the motors
At Ballard, we give you the quality of service you deserve. All our technicians receive appropriate training and certification that enables them to handle all types of air conditioning systems available today. We do a thorough inspection of air conditioning systems to recognize and spot all kinds of problems plaguing the cooling units. You want to have your system running efficiently to lower your energy bills and ensure that your unit will last a long time.
We want the same things. We understand that a properly maintained air conditioner will be efficient and functional when you need to use it. We want to help ensure that your unit will last longer and you’ll realize savings on your energy bills.
That is why we do not compromise. We only use the recommended and appropriate parts. We do not second-guess. We guarantee our work because we want to see that your unit is always at peak performance level.
Schedule a routine maintenance of your air conditioning system now. Ballard Plumbing & Heating is always ready to ensure that your home stays cool and comfortable when the weather turns warm. Call us at 206-279-3013 and arrange for an appointment with one of our certified and licensed HVAC technician today.
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