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Pre-Season Air Conditioner Check-Up: What You Should Know

While spring and warmer weather may seem far off, you should still start thinking about your air conditioner as mid-March rolls around. Getting a pre-season air conditioning system maintenance check this month can end up saving you money and time when warmer weather finally does come to Maryland. If you’re ready for a pre-season check in the Baltimore or Annapolis areas, contact us today!

Why Do You Need a Pre-Season Cooling System Check?

If you were going on a long road trip and hadn’t used your car in six months, would you wait until the morning of to start the car for the first time? Probably not. The same principle applies to any mechanical system that hasn’t been used in a while. Dust can accumulate, there may be rust from a leak in the basement, and there may be other unexpected surprises in your unit you aren’t aware of. You should always schedule a maintenance check before you actually need your air conditioner to be turned on, because having to call for repairs when it’s scorching hot is no fun.

What Does an AC Maintenance Check-Up Include?

According to the US Department of Energy, a typical maintenance check-up should include the following:

  • Check thermostat settings to ensure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
  • Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors. Faulty electrical connections can cause unsafe operation of your system and reduce the life of major components.
  • Lubricate all moving parts. Parts that lack lubrication cause friction in motors and increases the amount of electricity you use.
  • Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). A plugged drain can cause water damage in the house and affect indoor humidity levels.
  • Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly.

Cooling Specific

  • Clean evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils. Dirty coils reduce the system’s ability to cool your home and cause the system to run longer, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.
  • Check your central air conditioner’s refrigerant level, and adjust if necessary. Too much or too little refrigerant will make your system less efficient increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to provide proper system airflow for greater comfort levels. Airflow problems can reduce your system’s efficiency by up to 15 percent.

Pre-Season AC Maintenance You Can Do Yourself

You should inspect, clean, or change air filters once a month in your central air conditioner. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure. Another thing you should be doing now is making sure the condenser is kept free of debris and ice, as this can damage the air flow.

Air Conditioning Maintenance Services in Maryland

If you haven’t had an air conditioning system maintenance check-up yet, contact All Seasons Heating & Cooling to schedule a visit. Our certified technicians will come to your home and make sure your system is up to par so there’s no trouble when we see warmer weather. Contact us for service in the Baltimore or Annapolis areas!

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