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A/C Maintenance: What, Why, and How Often Should it Be Done

The Basics of Air Conditioning Maintenance

A/C maintenance can often seem like something extra. It is a nice thought, but only if you can swing it. The Texas reality is this: your A/C works very hard all year round. If you’re not careful, it will give out on you at the worst possible moment. 

Air conditioners keep our living and work spaces cool, but that is not all they do. They also pull impurities like dirt, humidity, and pet dandruff out of the air. Impurities collect on the main components of your a/c and build up over time. This build-up leads to issues with underperformance, inefficiency, and costly repairs. You may even need a whole new system if you wait long enough.

Why do Air Conditioning Systems Need Maintenance?

A/C maintenance increases the lifetime value of your unit.  Your air conditioner can rest easy when it is clean and functions properly.  If done right, it will also reduce your electricity bill. 

The longer your system takes damage, the worse things will get. Expect expensive repairs, but an entirely new system is likely. With every new system, you get a manufacturer warranty.  This warranty is another huge reason to invest in your Air conditioning maintenance. Regular maintenance is a term of most warranties.  Failure to have your system serviced violates the terms of the agreement.  Using a licensed technician is the only way to keep this warranty valid. A manufacturer warranty covers problems that arise due to manufacturer error.  An invalid warranty means you are stuck with the bill for costly repairs, even if it is a problem out of your control.

How Often is Air Conditioning Maintenance Recommended

Texas residents should have their HVAC system serviced twice a year. That is once for your Air Conditioner and once for your heater. The best time to have your AC serviced is in April or May, before the Texas heat hits. Servicing your air conditioner in the spring keeps you from having to live with an underperforming cooling system all summer. It also keeps your air conditioner from working too hard to keep you cool.

Green Leaf makes it easy to forget about ac maintenance and focus on what matters to you. Learn how one of our on-going maintenance plans can save you time and money. Let us help you forget about Air Conditioning Maintenance

Outdoor AC Maintenance

Short-term Savings vs Long-term Costs of Overlooked A/C Maintenance

Keeping your House Cool Should Not Cost and Arm and a Leg

It is easy to think you can save on A/C maintenance by servicing your own system. It is equally tempting to consider skipping maintenance altogether. Both options seem like they should save you money because you do not have to hire a professional to come out. This is a misconception. By denying A/C maintenance, you are risking pricey repairs. You could even be in danger of needing an entirely new air conditioning unit. When your A/C has to work harder to do its job, it requires more energy. When the unit requires more energy, it wears out faster, and your electricity bill goes up. 

We know how important it is to keep costs low right now. That is why we go as far as we need to ensure your A/C is running as well as it should.

Green Leaf Wants your Air Conditioner to Run More Efficiently

At Green Leaf, we go above and beyond the bare minimum. When it comes to maintaining your cooling unit, we go all the way. This means saving you money. We ensure your AC runs efficiently all year round by following a 22-point checklist.

Services Included In our 22 Point AC Inspection:

  • Check Pressure Levels
  • Check Coil Temp and Condenser Temp
  • Inspect Drive Belts
  • Inspect & Blow out Drain Lines
  • Check Temp Differentials
  • Check Capacitors MFD ratings
  • Inspect Compressor Amp Draw
  • Inspect Pressure Safety Switches
  • Check All Mechanical Components
  • Check Thermostat & Calibration if needed
  • Check SubCool & SuperHeat
  • Inspect Coils & clean Condenser Coils, (If easily accessible, Pricing may Vary)
  • Check Compressor Amp
  • Check Fan Amp Draw
  • Lubricate Fan if needed
  • Check to see that all units are code compliant to current requirements.
  • Inspect Filters (Customer must Provide One)
  • Inspect Drain Pans
  • Check Voltage
  • Check LRA
  • Check Overall Age and Condition
  • Inspection of Return, Plenum, and Duct for obvious signs of rips, tears, & air leaks.

Green Leaf Wants your Air Conditioner to Run More Efficiently

At Green Leaf, we go above and beyond the bare minimum. When it comes to maintaining your cooling unit, we go all the way. This means saving you money. We ensure your AC runs efficiently all year round by following a 22-point checklist.

Services Included In our 22 Point AC Inspection:

  • Check Pressure Levels
  • Check Coil Temp and Condenser Temp
  • Inspect Drive Belts
  • Inspect & Blow out Drain Lines
  • Check Temp Differentials
  • Check Capacitors MFD ratings
  • Inspect Compressor Amp Draw
  • Inspect Pressure Safety Switches
  • Check All Mechanical Components
  • Check Thermostat & Calibration if needed
  • Check SubCool & SuperHeat
  • Inspect Coils & clean Condenser Coils, (If easily accessible, Pricing may Vary)
  • Check SubCool & SuperHeat
  • Inspect Coils & clean Condenser Coils, (If easily accessible, Pricing may Vary)
  • Check to see that all units are code compliant to current requirements.
  • Inspect Filters (Customer must Provide One)
  • Inspect Drain Pans
  • Check Voltage
  • Check LRA
  • Check Overall Age and Condition
  • Inspection of Return, Plenum, and Duct for obvious signs of rips, tears, & air leaks.

Green Leaf: Quality Service that Improves Your Life

When You’re Ready, We’re Here to Help

At Green Leaf, we have a passion for air conditioning. We demonstrate this passion by going past what our competition offers. We meet you where you’re at by taking both commercial and residential appointments. We also keep your needs in mind by gaining certifications to work on any kind of system you have. We offer a more in-depth inspection of your air conditioner because it matters to us if you waste money.

We make A/C maintenance easy with our on-going maintenance plans. Make an appointment with one of our technicians and then forget about it. We will call to remind you that we are coming.

Residential and Commercial A/C Maintenance

What You Can Handle vs What You Should Let a Professional Handle

Maintaining your air conditioner is an essential part of keeping it energy-efficient. Still, it can be tempting to think you can manage it alone. Knowing when to hire a professional for A/C maintenance is very important. If you want a long-lasting, energy-efficient cooling system, you will need some help.

DIY Maintenance on Your Air Conditioning Unit

There are several critical things you can do to maintain your air conditioner:

Dirty air filters block airflow. This means that your A/C needs to use more energy to do the same job.  Changing the air filters can increase efficiency and lower electricity bills. Changing your A/C filters may also help with allergies and sickness in your home. Air conditioners not only cool your house but also remove impurities from the air. Leaving old filters in them means the unit circulates impurities back into the air. 

Change your air conditioning filters every two months in the winter and once a month when the AC is in constant use. A clean air filter will reduce the dirt that builds up on the essential parts of your air conditioner. Still, buildup will happen in time…

The coils on your unit are an excellent example of how dirt builds up over time. The evaporator coil, for example, should be inspected and cleaned every year. Buildup weakens airflow and insulates the coils where they cannot collect heat. While cleaning the coils, cutting back grass and foliage near the outdoor unit is a good idea. Falling leaves and lawn mowers are other potential sources of debris that can buildup on your coils.

Coil fins are easily bent.  Straightening them back out is a quick and easy way to increase airflow. You can use a tool called a fin comb. Use it to return the aluminum fins on your outdoor unit to their natural position.

Knowing When It’s Time To Hire an Expert

Maintaining an air conditioning unit can be very dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. You should hire an expert for any task beyond light cleaning.

Tasks that include things like: 

  • checking the refrigerant
  • looking for leaks
  • measuring airflow, voltage, or pressure
  • testing the electrical elements,

Or anything else that could be dangerous. If you are unsure how to proceed, please call one of our licensed professionals. Green Leaf certified technicians know exactly how to help maintain your air conditioner. We go above and beyond to ensure you get the most out of your AC. Not only do we make sure your unit is clean, but we perform a full 22-point inspection. When you hire Green Leaf to perform your a/c maintenance, no stone is left unturned.

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