Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Maintenance’

Beware These Repair Needs When Starting Up Your AC

Monday, May 28th, 2018

white question mark on blue backgroundWhy should you beware repair needs before you’ve even turned on your air conditioner for the season? Well, if you haven’t had maintenance on it, that’s a big reason right there. Preventive maintenance is called such for a reason—it helps prevent the biggest and costliest of repair needs. During maintenance, our highly trained and experienced staff takes a thorough look at each and every component of your cooling system.

We make adjustments as needed, and notify you of any need for AC repair in Columbus, MN at this time so you can get it on your schedule right away. But again, if you skip maintenance, then you shouldn’t be surprised by any of the following repairs when starting up your AC for the summer.

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Prevent Repairs with This One AC Service

Monday, May 14th, 2018

technician working on outdoor ac unitIt’s that time of year again—temperatures are still on the cool and rainy side for now, but soon enough they’ll warm up and you’ll have to start thinking about your air conditioning system. Our summers require their use on a pretty regular basis. That means they go through a lot of stress and natural wear and tear, which can lead to Columbus, MN HVAC repair needs.

The good news is, there is a way to prevent the biggest and costliest of repair needs, with one AC service—preventive maintenance! This should be done on a yearly basis for your air conditioner, unless you’re using a heat pump. Since heat pumps are year-round systems, maintenance should be done twice a year for these units. Checking for repair needs is an important part of HVAC maintenance, and if you manage them ASAP you’ll reduce the chance of running into a much bigger problem later on.

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Get Your House Ready for Summer with a Tune-Up for Your AC

Monday, May 1st, 2017

AC-wrench-condenserAs we move into warmer days, you might not worry much about how your air conditioner is performing. While it may seem fine for now, it’s not getting much of a workout just yet, and hot, humid days are still ahead. An AC system is most likely to break down when it’s hottest outdoors, and those days are coming to stay before you know it.

It’s time to get your home ready for summer with an air conditioning tune-up. With this service, you can save money and stay comfortable all summer without hassle. Learn more below or call our team for AC service in the Blaine, MN area.

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What You Should Know about the Drainage System in Your Air Conditioner

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Your air conditioning system is not hooked up to your plumbing system—unless you have an evaporative cooler (which most people in our area do not). So why would water develop in an air conditioner? What happens to the water it produces? And why do some people have to deal with leaky air conditioners that damage their property? Learn the answers to these questions below!

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A Guide to Keeping Your Air Conditioning System Clean

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Dusting the bookshelves, scrubbing the refrigerator and vacuuming the rug are cleaning tasks that make your living space neat and can help remove contaminants like bacteria. While you scrub and organize your home regularly, there’s one cleaning task many homeowners skip over that could save a lot of money. Keeping the air conditioner clean allows it to run smoothly and may greatly reduce monthly energy costs. For more information on keeping the AC clean, read on, and call your local air conditioning technicians for an annual maintenance visit.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Frozen?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

A quality air conditioning system can make it feel like there is a winter chill in the air, but the system itself is not actually supposed to freeze. Many homeowners who experience cooling issues this summer will take a look at their air conditioners only to find that the unit seems to have frozen over. But how is this possible? And shouldn’t ice in your cooling system help cool down your home?

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3 Ways to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Summer

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Winter is finally gone, and for residents of Andover, MN, it couldn’t happen quickly enough. But even as we enjoy the warm spring weather, summer isn’t far away, bringing high temperatures and Minnesota’s patented humidity in its wake. Now is the time to get ready for it, when the weather is still cool and you have the luxury of making any preparations according to your schedule rather than scrambling to stay ahead of the next heat wave. Here are 3 ways to prepare your air conditioner for summer: helping you stay cool and comfortable while cutting down on those expensive bills.

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4 Tips for Quality Air Conditioning Installation

Monday, April 13th, 2015

A brand new air conditioning system can provide you with greater comfort, more energy savings, and advanced features which your older unit did not have. But an improperly installed air conditioning system will not do you any good at all. Make sure your air conditioning system runs properly and efficiently for years to come by following these tips.

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Stages Involved in Air Conditioning Maintenance

Friday, June 20th, 2014

If you’ve never scheduled air conditioning maintenance, you may be curious about the process an HVAC technician goes through to make sure your AC is working properly. Sometimes it seems as if your air conditioner is working exactly as it should and that your system doesn’t require any maintenance. However, it’s a good idea to get your air conditioner serviced once a year to provide any necessary adjustments and cleaning and to make sure your system won’t break down when you need it most.

When you decide to schedule your Andover air conditioning maintenance, your system will be thoroughly inspected and cleaned and any necessary adjustments will be made. Here is a description of the stages involved in AC maintenance.

Inspection

A technician will inspect every aspect of your system and inform you if any repairs are needed. While your system may appear to be running the way it should, there may be parts that are loose or damaged, such as a damaged evaporator coil or a leaky duct. If left unaddressed, a small problem can eventually cause your system to become less efficient or break down. During maintenance, a technician can tell you whether the damage will become worse and will recommend any additional services that may be needed.

Cleaning

Though you may clean or replace your air filters every month, the evaporator and condenser coils should be disassembled and cleaned by a professional once a year. A professional will also check for and clean any additional dust on the indoor and outdoor fan blades that may affect the performance of your system.

Adjustment

When needed, a technician will adjust your refrigerant and check for the proper charge. Because refrigerant is responsible for absorbing the heat in your home and moving it outside, low refrigerant levels will result in a poor cooling experience. The HVAC specialist will also check for any adjustments that can be made without a repair, such as straightening out bent cooling fins.

When you decide to schedule maintenance for your air conditioning system, call Air Mechanical, Inc. for the best air conditioning maintenance in Andover.

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HVAC Tip: Save Money in the Long Haul with AC Maintenance

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Every year, it’s recommended that you have a Rosemount HVAC contractor visit your home and tune up your air conditioner. This visit will ensure the system is ready for the intense, regular use it will receive during the hottest months of the year. How much money can this visit save you, though? Let’s take a closer look.

Cost of Operating Your Air Conditioning

An air conditioning system on average costs a homeowner between $500 and $1500 per year to operate depending on the length of the cooling season and the efficiency of that air conditioner. That number represents top efficiency for the unit, however. When a system has dirty filters, hasn’t been cleaned properly or the thermostat is no longer calibrated accurately, the cost increases – sometimes dramatically.

Just how much more could you be spending on cooling each month when this happens? The EPA’s Energy Star website estimates an increase in cost of between 10-30% resulting from poorly maintained systems, and it can be even higher if your system is old and is severely affected by a drop in energy efficiency.

Annual Tune Up Necessities

So, what should be at the top of your tune up list? If you call a Rosemount HVAC contractor, they will perform a variety of tasks including:

  • Inspect Coolant and Pressure Systems
  • Calibrate the Thermostat
  • Tighten Wiring, Capacitors, Relays and Contacts
  • Clean the Evaporator Coil
  • Clear and Clean the Condenser and Condensate Drain
  • Inspect the Condenser Fan and Motor
  • Check Compressor Efficiency

This is just a starter list for standard tune up of a central air conditioning unit. You can supplement this tune up by checking your filters once every 30 days and clearing away debris from around any outdoor units. You should also check your thermostat monthly to ensure it is working properly. If not, call for an inspection to avoid heavy increases in operating costs.

Major repairs to your air conditioning system generally take less than a day and when you’re on an annual maintenance plan, they cost significantly less than if you needed someone to fix the device in an emergency situation. To schedule an appointment today, give Air Mechanical Heating, Cooling & Plumbing a call!

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