Winter is upon us. Just imagine – as you are about to store your AC for the winter season, you notice an issue; should you have it addressed right away or should you wait till summer? There is no such thing as the best time to repair an AC. We suggest you have a technician take a look at your system as soon as possible.
Why the urgency for AC repair? If you ignore an AC issue when storing your system, the problem may snowball into a major issue and your unit might not work when you try to use it for the first time when summer arrives. You may also end up spending more on repair than you would have if you had the problem fixed right away.
When summer arrives, you’d want to have your AC on your side. If your AC develops a major problem, you might have to stay without it for a few days.
Thoroughly inspect different parts of your AC before storing it. A thorough inspection will reveal hidden issues that may be brewing up. Visually inspect electrical components and tighten components as needed. Inspect/test capacitors and contactors. Check AC components for signs of rust.
Visually inspect exposed ductwork for leaks and kinks. Check if the refrigerant charge is lower or higher than the manufacturer’s specifications. Inspect all the lines and coils. Pay particular attention to any disconnects within 10 feet of the system. Check the integrity of suction line insulation.
Also, visually inspect supply registers and return vents. Clear any blockages. Test the compressor amp draw, blower motor amp draw, and condenser fan motor amp draw. Inspect and clean the condensate pump. Replace air filters at the return grilles and clean/flush the drain pipe. Inspect the drain pan and switch.
Our philosophy is simple, we always want to maintain equipment to give it the longest life possible. Next, we want to focus on repairing when something goes wrong. Then only as the last choice, we replace equipment when needed. That’s the John Owens Way.