AC Maintenance in Ballston Lake
Throughout the year, Ballston residents can protect their IAQ and limit their heating and cooling bills by performing regular HVAC air filter changes. During the summer months, when AC demand is high, it’s also important to check HVAC registers, vents, and grilles for built-up debris. Ongoing AC maintenance should additionally include efforts to keep outside AC condenser units clear. These components house the compressor, blower motor, and blower fan. Without at least two feet of clearance on all sides, a compressor’s internal components could overheat.
However, apart from routine filter changes and clean-ups at the outdoor condenser unit, all other air conditioning maintenance belongs in the hands of licensed professionals. Having a professional perform comprehensive AC maintenance ensures warranty compliance. It’s also key for ensuring that your home cooling equipment gets the model-specific care it deserves.
We use a comprehensive checklist that accounts for all manufacturer-recommended maintenance tasks.
- Inspect and test all electrical contacts
- Clear condensate drain lines
- Inspect refrigerant lines for leaks
- Lubricate all moving parts
- Inspect and test service valves
We also calculate the voltage and amperage of blower motors and determine temperature differentials at AC supply and return vents. Plus, we’ll monitor the operating temperatures of refrigerant. Our air conditioning maintenance additionally includes a thorough inspection of HVAC air ducts to identify leaks, crushed or collapsed sections, pest infestations, and other problems that inhibit airflow or diminish IAQ.
By eliminating stress throughout cooling systems, air conditioning maintenance extends the lifespans of AC units. It also eliminates safety hazards like exposed wires and bare electrical contacts and promotes more consistent cooling.
How often do AC units need to be serviced?
AC units should ideally be serviced at least once a year to ensure optimal performance and longevity. Regular maintenance helps prevent potential issues, maintains efficiency, and ensures the unit operates smoothly. Our HVAC experts recommend scheduling AC maintenance before the start of the cooling season, typically in the spring, to check for any issues that may have developed during the off-season. Regular servicing includes tasks like cleaning coils, checking refrigerant levels, inspecting electrical components, and changing filters. However, in some cases, units in heavy use or older systems may benefit from more frequent check-ups, possibly every six months, to maintain peak performance and avoid unexpected breakdowns.