When spring arrives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, folks get ready to turn on their air conditioners to keep interiors cool and comfortable. To make sure your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is able to deal with the heat and humidity of North Texas, schedule a spring tune-up with your HVAC contractor before using the unit for the first time. Advanced Home Comfort provides both residential and commercial maintenance in the greater Dallas area.
Importance of Preventive Maintenance
Most major manufacturers require seasonal checkups to keep warranties valid. Preventive maintenance checks out the entire system to make sure each component performs properly. Poorly maintained systems can use up to 60 percent more energy to operate. In contrast, preventive maintenance can reduce energy costs between 5 and 40 percent.
There are several benefits to maintenance, including:
- Extending the life of the unit.
- Lowering the incidence of repairs.
- Using less energy to operate.
- Creating a comfortable living space.
- Finding and repairing small problems before they become costly ones.
Elements of a Maintenance Checkup
Energy Star provides a preventive maintenance checklist that technicians at Advanced Home Comfort follow. Our air conditioning maintenance checkups examine each element of the system, including:
- Refrigerant levels.
- Belts and blowers.
- Condensate drain and tubing.
- Electrical wiring and switches.
- Evaporator and condenser coils.
- Air filters.
Several components directly affect energy efficiency and comfort. Others affect how well the unit operates as an integrated system. We also look at other factors in your home that affect energy efficiency and comfort, such as amount of insulation, leaks in the building envelope, leaking ducts and solar gain.
Clean or Replace Air Filter
Cleaning the air filter can reduce fuel usage by up to 15 percent. Filters keep airborne particulates from entering the HVAC system. When filters get dirty, these pollutants clog the filter and reduce airflow. In addition, these pollutants coat coils, which affects heat exchange. The compressor must work harder to produce cool air. Eventually the unit stops working.
We check thermostat settings to make sure the device turns on and off at designated set points. Programmable thermostats can save approximately $180 on annual energy costs if used properly. Our technicians can help you set the thermostat to optimize comfort and energy efficiency.
We also look at the placement of the thermostat. If it is near a heat source, such as a light fixture or sunny window, it may get a false reading that keeps the air conditioning system running.
Some Wi-Fi-enabled, smart thermostats allow us to remotely monitor the performance of the HVAC system in real-time. With your permission, we can see how well the system is performing. We alert you to problems as soon as they occur so that they can be corrected before they become major repair problems.
Dirty coils use up to 30 percent more energy to produce conditioned air. Homeowners should clean around the outside unit several times a year to remove leaves and trim grass and vegetation. Shrubs and bushes should be kept at least 2 feet away from the unit.
Coils should be cleaned by a certified HVAC specialist. We are a Trane Comfort Specialist, and our technicians undergo rigorous training on leading-edge technology at Trane University. We clean coils and fans, lubricate motors and adjust the position of coil fins to improve performance.
Leaking ducts can lose up to 30 percent of the conditioned air flowing through them. This can cause uneven airflow, increased energy usage, low air pressure and difficulty in maintaining an even temperature. We check ducts for leaks and examine the joins of ducts to grilles and vents. Improperly sized or poorly placed ducts affect indoor comfort. We offer a number of duct repair services, including duct sealing, duct cleaning and new duct installation.
Call Advanced Home Comfort for Air Conditioning Maintenance
We provide both residential and commercial preventive maintenance for all types of HVAC equipment. To stay comfortable and save energy this summer, call the experts at (972) 299-8578 to schedule your spring tune-up.