Depending on the contents of your service maintenance agreement, you may be due for a spring inspection. Spring inspections are vital to your system to prepare it for the cooling season. There’s nothing worse than system malfunctions with temperatures topping out in the 90s or 100s!
What should your service technician be inspecting?
The inspection of your outdoor condenser unit is most important and has the greatest significance of your cooling system. The technician should check for proper refrigerant levels; a system that is low on refrigerant will run for longer periods of time, consuming more energy. They should also inspect the system base pan for restricted drain openings, coil and cabinet, fan motor and fan blades for wear and damage, control box, associated controls and accessories, wiring, and connections.
Additional tasks your service technician may perform:
- Installing gauges and checking operating pressures
- Checking voltage and amperage to all motors
- Checking air temperature drop across evaporator
- Checking for adequate refrigerant charge
- Looking for any visible signs of leaks
- Oiling motors if needed
- Checking belts and adjust tension (if needed)
- Checking pressure switch cutout settings
- Checking reversing valves
- Adding 1lb. of R-22 or 410-A refrigerant (if applicable)
- Checking all wiring and connections
- Changing air filters
- Checking electrical lockout circuits
- Checking starting contractors
- Cleaning condenser coil (if needed)
- Checking and adjust thermostat
- Checking air temperature across condenser
- Checking that condensate drain is open
- Checking and cleaning disconnect
During the spring isn’t the only time you should be worried about your HVAC system. Check out our e-book for 9 Tips to Keeping Your Mechanical Systems in Tip-Top Shape all year round!
If you’re in need of a preventative maintenance agreement, please contact us to ensure your systems are all set for the coming months!