AC Unit Maintenance 101
It is that time of year again where homeowners need to start thinking about cooling their homes as summer starts to approach. For those in the Portland metro and Vancouver, WA areas, summer can sneak up suddenly. Seemingly overnight, you may notice that it is difficult to sleep because it is too hot or that you need to wear fewer layers while indoors.
Air conditioner maintenance and tune-up requests are popular around this time of year. Our team at Integrity Air LLC has been helping homeowners prepare their AC units for the hot summer months for years. We’ll see to it that your AC works well now and throughout the remainder of the warmer months.
If you have ever wondered what is involved in AC unit maintenance, read on. Homeowners can benefit from learning more about their AC units, as well as what is required to keep their AC’s running properly. Find out more about AC maintenance and tune-up procedures below.
What Does AC Maintenance Include?
When you request air conditioner maintenance from our Portland AC experts, you are guaranteed to receive comprehensive, hands-on services. We’ll ensure that your system is functioning as it should, as well as alert you to any problems or repairs that need to be taken care of.
Here are some of the primary AC maintenance procedures we perform for our HVAC clients in and around Portland, Vancouver, and other surrounding cities:
Thorough Inspection & Evaluation
To make sure you receive the best possible service, our team members follow a checklist that guides them through each step of your AC inspection. Our experts have exceptional attention-to-detail and are always careful to look over every part of your AC. As part of your maintenance appointment, we’ll look for any red flags or problem areas and offer our most cost-effective recommendations.
Thermostat & System Control Checks
A thorough check of your unit thermostat, as well as other system controls, is an important part of AC maintenance. We’ll ensure that your thermostat is working well and that the system controls are functioning properly.
Blower Motor & Blower Belt Inspections
Your AC’s blower motor plays a big role when it comes to the overall function of your unit. The blower motor turns the fan, which ultimately helps blow air through your AC system. Without a properly working blower motor and belt, you may experience problems keeping your home cool. Our experts will take a look at your blower motor during an AC inspection to make sure it is working as it is intended to.
Lubrication of Moving Parts
In addition to inspecting the blower motor, we’ll also apply lubrication as necessary. Your blower motor, belt, and other moving parts on your AC may periodically require lubrication. We’ll see to it that the right lubricants are used in the right places to keep your AC running smoothly.
Clearing the Drain Line
The drain line on your AC unit is essentially an exit route for excess moisture that is collected by the evaporator coil when air passes over it. Water accumulates in the condensation drain pan, enters the drain line, travels down a pipe, and is then deposited near the outdoor unit. You will know that your drain has become clogged if the drain pan is full of water. We’ll check the drain pan and other parts of the drain line and come up with a solution that will help prevent clogs in the future.
Tightening Electrical Connections
As part of your AC maintenance from Integrity Air LLC, we will also check the wiring and electrical connections associated with your AC unit. Faulty or worn wiring, loose connections, and exposed wires need to be taken care of as soon as they are noticed.
Air Filter Replacement or Cleaning
While we are working on your AC unit, we will also pull out the filter and check it for any problems. Depending on the kind of filter you have, as well as its age, we will either replace or clean your filter so it is as good as new. Your AC filter needs to remain in good condition year-round to help keep debris and dust out of your home. We recommend replacing your filter at least twice a year. For those with allergies or pets, you may need to replace your AC filter as often as every 90 days.
Condenser Coil Cleanings
The condenser coil in your AC unit is responsible for collecting heat from the air in your home and expelling it outdoors. Condenser coils are located inside of the large, square unit outside of your home. Keeping these coils clean is especially important if you want your AC to run efficiently.
Any kind of ductwork inspection or maintenance is best done by an HVAC specialist. When we inspect the ductwork throughout your home, we’ll look for any points of concern, such as areas where ducts are starting to wear or seams are leaking, as well as any damages that need to be repaired.
Common Questions About AC Inspections
There are a few questions we are often asked when it comes to AC inspections and maintenance. Below you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions related to AC maintenance and inspections.
How Long Does AC Maintenance Take?
This is one of the most common questions our clients ask us when we schedule AC maintenance services. Depending on the size of your home, the type of HVAC unit you own, the age of your unit, and other factors, the length of time that your AC maintenance appointment takes will vary. Typically, we find that we can perform AC inspections anywhere between 20 to 45 minutes. Additional services or repairs will add on to this time, but you can count on the initial inspection lasting under an hour.
How Much Does AC Maintenance Cost?
Just like the length of your appointment, the overall cost of your AC maintenance service will also vary. The most important consideration to keep in mind when requesting AC maintenance services is not necessarily cost, but rather, how well qualified a company is to give you proper estimates. You want to work with an HVAC company that is trustworthy and backed by 5-star customer reviews.
At Integrity Air LLC, we conduct all of our AC maintenance inspections with integrity and honesty. Other HVAC services in Portland may attempt to rip you off by exaggerating the need for certain repairs or replacements. When you work with our HVAC experts, you can trust that you will be given an honest rundown of the state of your AC unit. We will only recommend repairs as necessary. You can count on us to give you a thorough assessment that you can trust.
What if a Problem is Found During My AC Inspection?
If there are any problems we notice while performing your AC inspection, we will inform you right away. It is common for there to be minor tweaks and repairs that are needed, especially if your AC unit is older or hasn’t been used yet this season.
We are always willing to work with our clients to come up with budget-friendly solutions that will stand the test of time. Maintaining your AC unit doesn’t have to be a tumultuous experience. In fact, we aim to make AC repairs, replacements, and other maintenance tasks as smooth as possible so you can get back on with your life.
Hire Integrity Air LLC | AC Maintenance in Vancouver & Portland
Ready to get started with your AC maintenance in Portland, Vancouver, or elsewhere in the area? Give our team a call! We are always willing to work with new clients, especially as the summer months start to approach. Let us help ensure that your home is ready to fend off the hottest days and keep you feeling cool this summer.
With decades of combined experience among our staff members, you can count on high-quality AC services and repairs every time. In addition to our AC services, we also offer heating, furnace, and other HVAC related services. When it comes to your heating and cooling needs, Integrity Air LLC is the only local HVAC service to trust.
To learn more about how you can prepare for the upcoming summer season, check out our blog on 5 Signs You Might Need an AC Repair. Also, read about how you can stay cool this summer and keep your household comfortable all season long. For more information on HVAC system maintenance, check out our collection of blogs HERE.
Before summer is in full swing, schedule AC maintenance in Portland, Vancouver, Tualatin, Lake Oswego, or wherever you reside in the greater Portland metro area. Fill out our Contact Form or give us a call at 503-558-6945.