What Happens During An A/C Maintenance Inspection Of Your Air Conditioning System?
The inspection process starts with a call from an Air Masters customer service representative to confirm that you are home and to report the approximate arrival time of the technician. When the technician comes to your home, he will be in uniform to identify himself and our company. He then will ask for the location of the equipment and if you are having any particular problem that he can look at during the inspection.
Now for the inspection!
Our technician sets the thermostat on cooling or heating, depending on the mode of operation needed to check out system running conditions.
He will check return air filter or filters in the return air duct design. If they are clogged, he cannot get the proper readings needed to diagnose the system.
He will wash out the outside condenser coil with a garden hose. This is done because dirt and grass clippings accumulate on the coil causing blockage to airflow and shorting the life of your equipment.
He will disassembling the outside unit, checking wiring, capacitors, contactors, connections for wear and tear and the all-around condition of the unit, including rusting and oil spots that could identify the early stages of a problem.
After he puts the unit back together, he checks the outside disconnect for burnt wiring and poor electrical connections.
The technician then goes to the inside unit and checks the condition of the evaporator coil and drain pan for a dirty coil that might have algae build up on it or mold. He also looks for those same conditions in the drain pan. The reason: In Florida we have very high humidity and with the cold temperature of the evaporator coil making moisture (condensate) it lends itself to producing mold. This can cause allergies, eye irritation and possible asthma attacks. The technician then cleans out the drain line and adds algaecide tablets to the drain pan to reduce the chance of algae clogging up your unit.
While the unit is open, he also checks the wiring, capacitor, relays and contactors. He makes sure the blower wheel is clean to enhance air flow and maximize the life of your equipment. He then looks for any rusting and oil spots that could signal the first sign of a problem.
After he puts the unit back together he checks the inside disconnect for burnt wiring and poor electrical connections.
Now that both sections are together and there isn’t anything that he knows of restricting air flow, he can check the operation of the air conditioning and heating system.
He then checks the amperages of the compressor and fan motors, the auxiliary heat strip of a Heat Pump, the heat strips of a Straight Cool with Electric Heat. With Gas Furnaces he checks the ignition, burner, flame, controls and safety controls. With Oil Fired Furnaces he checks the oil filter, oil pump ignition, flame, controls and safety controls.
When the unit has stabilized, he checks refrigerant pressures based on refrigerant charts that show what the pressures should be depending on the metering device. With expansion valves he uses the sub cooling method and with flow control orifices he uses the super heat method.
Once the unit has been diagnosed, a report is filled out with relevant items checked and a recommendation of what would be needed to bring it to proper operating condition and optimum energy efficiency.
We hope this helps you in understanding what goes on when you are having your air conditioning and heating systems serviced. With so much to check, diagnose and adjust, the most important step you can take is to have a reputable company like Air Masters of Tampa Bay service your unit.
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Service Agreement Benefits
ALL of our service agreement packages provide a discount on labor and this comprehensive 20-point checklist on your air conditioner’s health and performance:
- Refrigerant Charge
- Compressor and Fan amps
- Condenser coil; rinse if necessary
- Contactor Points
- Seals of caps and valves
- Thermostat operation
- Blower Amps
- Heating System
- Evaporator Coil
- Blower Wheel
- Electrical connections & wires
- Temperature splits
- Float switch operation
- Filter (change or wash) *
- Brush out electrical cabinet
- Flush drain line
- Vacuum drain pan
- Lubricate all moving parts
- Overall Performance Analysis
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- Any parts that we replace come with a 3 year parts warranty (excluding compressors)
- No overtime charges should your unit break down in the evenings, weekends or holidays
- Complete Duct Sanitation procedure discount.
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Interested in finding out what goes into a maintenance inspection of your air conditioning system?
We explain it so you can understand what to expect when our qualified technicians arrive.
At Air Masters of Tampa Bay, we believe that knowledge is the most powerful tool in air conditioning repair and service. We have compiled this list of most frequently asked air conditioning and heating questions in order to better help our current and prospective clients. Here are some of the top air conditioning questions and answers:
- Q. Is there anything I can check on my Air Conditioning unit before I call for service?
- Q. I read recently that the air conditioning system in standard homes is the single largest energy “hog” these days. Are there any new products that would help us save the environment, not to mention some money?
- Q. My electricity bill is almost double the usual amount during the hottest summer months. Is there anything I can do to help develop a more consistent energy bill?
- Q. We just bought our first home, although new to us, it isn’t exactly new. Where do we start?
- Q. My son was just diagnosed with severe dust, mold, and pollen allergies. Is there anything that I can do to help reduce his risk of an allergic reaction?