Summertime heat and humidity will arrive soon in Colonial Heights, VA, and now is the time to make sure your AC system is ready. We recommend a springtime AC tune-up in order to prevent costly breakdowns, avoid comfort disruptions and extend your air conditioner’s lifespan. Here are some of the things we do during an annual air conditioning maintenance appointment.

Replace Dirty Air Filters

One of the most important parts of our air conditioning maintenance visits is replacing dirty air filters. According to the Department of Energy, replacing a clogged air filter lowers your air conditioning system’s energy use by five to 15 percent. Dirty air filters impede air flow to your home, and replacing them ensures consistent cooling in every room. Replacing dirty filters also improves your home’s air quality, creating a cleaner indoor environment.

Clean and Sanitize

The outdoor part of your air conditioner is the condenser. It releases heat from your home to the outside air. Because it’s outdoors, the condenser unit gets dirty. Pollen, dust and dirt build up on the coils, fins and housing. This reduces energy efficiency and could cause the air conditioner to stop cooling. We clean the entire outdoor unit during each tune-up. We also check and clearn the condensate line, which prevents system shutdowns and reduces musty odors in your home.

Check AC Refrigerant Level

Air conditioners use a chemical refrigerant to absorb indoor heat and transfer it to the outdoors. A refrigerant leak could cause your air conditioner to blow warm air or stop working. During an AC tune-up, we check the refrigerant level. If it’s low, we find out why and can fix the problem. Older air conditioners with refrigerant leaks may need to be replaced, but newer units can be refilled after we fix the leak.

To learn more about the importance of AC tune-ups for your Colonial Heights air conditioner, take a look at AirMaxx Mechanical’s air conditioning maintenance services, or call us for additional info.

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