With 216 days of sunshine and summer highs averaging around 90 degrees, Savannah’s Southern ocean-influenced climate puts your air conditioner to the test season after season. Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, investing in AC maintenance is the best thing that you can do to enhance your comfort, lower your energy bills and prevent air conditioning repairs.
What’s Included in Our AC Maintenance Plans?
For best results, we check each part of your HVAC system, including the compressor, thermostat, fan, ducts, and coils. Your technician will perform the following tasks.
- Check the Refrigerant Level: According to Energy Star, improper refrigerant levels can increase your energy bills by 5 to 20 percent. We check for leaks and adjust the charge if needed.
- Lubricate Moving Parts: Oil reduces friction for improved efficiency, and it prevents wear and tear for fewer breakdowns. We’ll also check the belts and fan motor.
- Inspect the Wiring: To protect your air conditioner from voltage fluctuations, technicians inspect the terminals, tighten loose connections and apply dielectric lubricants.
- Adjust the Airflow: If your home has hot and cold spots, cleaning and adjusting the blower can correct the problem and reduce your cooling costs by 15 percent.
- Clean the Coils: Periodic cleaning removes pollen and dust that reduces the heat transfer rate and decreases the unit’s efficiency. Buildup on the coils may also lead to overheating.
- Test the Controls: We monitor your system’s operation to ensure that it’s functioning properly. Your technician will also check the thermostat and safety controls.
Performance Maintenance Plans
During standard HVAC tune-ups, we complete more than 30 different tasks. Here are a few things that we consider when performing maintenance for our clients.
- Equipment Age: Maintenance benefits new and old equipment. Our comprehensive checkups protect your factory warranty and keep recently installed equipment in top form. If your system is getting older, tune-ups can provide additional years of trouble-free service.
- Equipment Type: Heat pumps, central air conditioners and light commercial HVAC units have unique maintenance needs. For example, variable-speed heat pumps have additional components and controls that must be tested annually. We consider these requirements to ensure that no part is overlooked.
- Manufacturer: At Old Coast Heating & Air Conditioning, we pay careful attention to the manufacturer’s recommendations, especially when checking the refrigerant pressure and electrical current. You can find an overview of your air conditioner’s maintenance requirements in the owner’s manual.
Is Preventive AC Maintenance Worth It?
When Savannah’s air conditioning season starts in early spring, it’s easy to put off that annual tuneup. Maybe you’ll get to it next year or later this summer, but that could be a big mistake. Skipping AC maintenance is just like forgoing your dental checkup or driving your car without changing the oil. It leads to bigger and more expensive problems down the road. These are a few of the reasons why we recommended preventive maintenance to all of our customers.
- Your AC system will last 40 percent longer.
- You’ll save money on air conditioning repairs.
- You’ll avoid 95 percent of unexpected breakdowns.
- Your cooling costs will be 5 to 15 percent lower.
- You’ll enjoy increased peace of mind.
DIY HVAC Maintenance
Between maintenance visits, there are several simple and effective tasks that you can complete on your own. Start with these tips to enjoy extended benefits.
- Check your HVAC filter every month, and replace it every 90 days.
- Ensure that floor and ceiling registers are open and unobstructed.
- Keep shrubs several feet away from your outdoor HVAC unit for improved airflow.
- If your thermostat takes a battery, replace it every fall when you test your smoke alarms.
- Use recommended thermostat settings between 78 and 82 degrees in the summer.
Tuneups are affordable. The time commitment is minimal, and you can schedule a service visit at your convenience. To get in touch with our NATE-certified technicians, call Old Coast Heating & Air Conditioning in Savannah at 912-250-5771, or 843-352-4745 to reach our office in Hilton Head. One tuneup is all it takes.