Here are the steps for servicing your air conditioning unit, including parts replacement:
- Schedule regular maintenance: Have a professional HVAC technician inspect and clean your air conditioning unit at least once a year.
- Clean the air filter: A dirty air filter can restrict air flow and cause your air conditioner to work harder, leading to higher energy bills and reduced performance. Check the air filter monthly and replace it if it’s dirty.
- Check for refrigerant leaks: A refrigerant leak can cause your air conditioner to perform poorly and lead to high energy bills. If you suspect a leak, have a professional inspect and repair it.
- Inspect the evaporator and condenser coils: These coils can become dirty over time, affecting performance. Clean the coils and fins with a soft brush and check for any damage.
- Inspect the electrical components: Check the wiring, capacitors, and contacts for any signs of wear or damage. If you’re unsure how to do this, contact a professional.
- Parts replacement: If any parts are damaged or worn, they should be replaced. This may include the air filter, the fan motor, or the refrigerant. A professional HVAC technician can help you determine which parts need to be replaced and perform the work.
Note: Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines when servicing your air conditioning unit, and only perform tasks that you feel comfortable and capable of doing. In some cases, it may be best to leave the work to a professional.
When choosing an air conditioning maintenance technician, here are some factors to consider:
- Experience and certification: Look for a technician with extensive experience in the field and industry certification, such as NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certification.
- Reputation: Research the company’s reputation and check online reviews to see what others have to say about their work and customer service.
- Pricing: Get quotes from multiple companies and compare prices, but keep in mind that the cheapest option may not always be the best. Look for a balance between cost and quality of service.
- Service offerings: Consider what services the company provides, such as regular maintenance, repair, and parts replacement.
- Availability: Make sure the company is available when you need them and has a responsive customer service team.
- Guarantees and warranties: Look for a company that offers guarantees or warranties on their work, giving you peace of mind in case something goes wrong.
- Insurance: Make sure the company is insured, so you are not liable in case of any accidents or damage while they are working in your home.
It’s a good idea to ask for references and to get a written estimate before hiring a technician, so you have a clear understanding of what to expect.