Service & Repairs
An air conditioner cools the room by removing heat efficiently and effectively from it. Its refrigerant or coolant works together with other parts of its system to perform the task of cooling the room. Unfortunately, some parts accumulate dirt and dust over time and affect the efficiency and effectiveness of the air conditioner in removing heat. In order to bring it back to its usual performance, cleaning it regularly and properly is necessary. Frequently, a professional air conditioner cleaning specialist (PACCS) is engaged to provide the cleaning. When you engage the PACCS, you may wish to suggest a new technique of cleaning. Before we introduce you to the new technique, let us look at the usual way of cleaning with chemical solution.
Typical Way of Cleaning with Chemical Solution
Chemical solution is frequently used by the PACCS to give your air conditioner a good wash. The PACCS will apply the chemical solution to the air conditioner and rinse it off to perform the cleaning. However, the corrosive nature of the solution would damage the air conditioner’s components and shorten its life span if the chemical solution is not rinsed thoroughly within a reasonable time. How can you avoid such a the situation? Let us introduce you to a cleaning technique which will minimize the corrosion of the components when chemical solution is applied.
New Technique of Cleaning – Steam Cleaning after Chemical Solution
The new technique combines 2 types of cleaning in one session, Read More
There is always extra costs when more is performed. As such, please be prepared to pay a higher fee for this new technique of cleaning.
Common Tips for Routine Cleaning
Let us give you some tips on how to maintain your air conditioner in good condition before the next cleaning by the PACCS.
- Clean the filter weekly. This is the first layer of defense against dirt and dust accumulation. Please also make sure that the net of the filter is not broken.
- Keep your room clean and dirt free. The system is less dirty when less dirt and dust are suck into it.
- Clear items in the room which affects air flow and circulation. When the air flow and circulation is poor, it affects the rate at which the room is cooled.
- Ensure that the room is properly sealed so that minimum heat is transferred to the room.
The tips above is just for routine maintenance. You should always schedule a monthly cleaning by the expert or PACCS for the best results.
Proper Maintenance of Air Conditioning and Heating Systems
One of the main benefits of regular maintenance of air conditioning and heating systems is appliance reliability. Maintaining an HVAC system is necessary to ensure it’s working properly at all times, and at peak efficiency. If air conditioning and heating systems are not regularly cleaned, tuned up, and maintained, there is a higher chance of the appliances performing poorly. Not only can a neglected HVAC system not perform as well as one that is maintained, it can also drastically decrease the life of the system. Repairing problems with air conditioning and heating systems as quickly as possible not only prolongs the life of the appliances. It is also a huge contributor to saving money on wasted energy of an appliance that is working inefficiently. Your HVAC system should be fully inspected by a professional at least once a year. Depending upon what the building is used for, it may need to be inspected several times a year. For example, in a high dust environment such as a manufacturing plant which tends to get very dirty quickly, air filters should be changed more often than usual and special care should be taken to avoid damage to HVAC equipment.
The best way to go about starting regular maintenance from an air-conditioning service specialist is to look over maintenance records from inspections the HVAC system has previously had. Poor maintenance and not regularly scheduling inspections from industrial air conditioning service experts is easily detectable. If the HVAC maintenance records indicate that there have been problems with the system that could have been prevented by performing routine system check ups, it’s time to invest in having a set system maintenance schedule. Often, building managers simply do not understand that without regular maintenance, air conditioning and heating systems will break down and need to be replaced earlier than maintained appliances. Budgets should always prioritize inspections and tune ups as a preventative measure. Calling an air conditioning service company when there’s a problem with an appliance can often be prevented by simply maintaining the appliance in the first place.
Having an HVAC system properly cared for by an industrial air conditioning service company benefits more than just the people who have invested in the building’s appliances. The people that occupy the building most often will also be able to enjoy clean, healthy indoor air at a comfortable temperature. Complaints from building occupants will be much higher in a building where HVAC inspection is not a priority. Whether the HVAC appliances are housed in an office building, commercial site, or an apartment complex, it’s always in the owner’s best interest to keep the occupants happy and comfortable at all times.
When looking for an industrial air conditioning service company to perform maintenance on your HVAC system, ask them about their maintenance routines and company policies. Do they guarantee to find common issues before they become larger and more expensive problems? What all do they inspect? Is system cleaning included in the checkup? Are their employees paid any kind of commission on upgrades or replacements you may not necessarily need? A reliable company should always be willing to answer these questions fully.
How to Choose An Expert HVAC Technician
Your HVAC system is like your car. Your car needs routine maintenance to keep it running well through the years. Your heating and air conditioning system needs routine maintenance to keep it running through the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter.
You also need a qualified HVAC contractor if you are installing a new central heating or air conditioning system. Central HVAC installs are generally out of the realm of do-it-yourself projects for the average person.
So you go online and your soon find two dozen contractors that service and install air conditioners and heating systems.
How do you find the right HVAC tech for your job?
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Make sure that an HVAC technician is properly licensed by your state and meets all the basic requirements for doing business in your state. For instance, most states in the U.S. will require an AC and Heating Company to be licensed and bonded.
Ask for Referrals and References
In the age of Yelp reviews, people tend to forget about the good ole fashioned referral, but referrals are one of the strongest ways to find a good service company. Chances are your neighbors, your co-workers, and your family all have Central AC and Central Heating Systems. And all of them have used an air conditioning and heating technician to repair or service their system.
So ask them for a referral.
When you are calling prospective air conditioning and heating companies, be sure to ask for references. Asking for references is standard operating practice when dealing with any type of service company. That goes for construction, plumbing, or HVAC.
If a company does not want to, or cannot provide references? Don’t use them.
If a company gives you references? Make sure you call them. Sounds obvious but many people ask for references and then fail to follow up to make sure those references are valid.
Get Estimates in Writing
For larger jobs, like a major heating system overhaul or new air conditioner install be sure to get a couple estimates from a couple different companies.
The general rule says, Get 3 Estimates. For major jobs you may want to get more than three. Make sure every estimate is written and itemized. If a company gives you an estimate for a central air conditioner installation and it consists of a single item “AC Install” and a flat rate with no accounting for labor time, parts, etc then you probably don’t want to deal with them.
What if you just need a routine AC and heating maintenance? An in person estimate may be a bit extreme. Referrals, homework, and phone estimates may suffice. But you’ll still want to get any service agreements in writing.
Most HVAC companies offer yearly service plans or service contracts where a technician will come out twice a year to service your air conditioner and heating system (i.e. furnace) for a flat fee. Those fees usually range from $50 to $100 a year.
Don’t Be Swayed By Brand Names
Air Conditioner and furnace makers put a lot of money and time into marketing. Marketing that is largely designed to give you the impression that Furnace Y is better than Furnace X. The truth of the matter is that brand name matters a lot less when it comes to HVAC.
What makes a difference? The competency and experience of your HVAC company and their technicians.