Air Conditioning Maintenance Routine


Your building’s HVAC system may run smoothly, but that doesn’t mean everything is healthy on the inside. Many of the problems faced by A/C units take some time to materialize. That is why it is a good idea to have your home or building’s HVAC system inspected annually with preventative maintenance. Identifying issues early, before they build, can save you time and money and improve indoor air quality.

The Problems Can Creep Up

Over time, as your HVAC system continues supplying your building with clean air, it accumulates large amounts of dirt and dust in many key areas. This accumulation negatively affects the system’s efficiency, which if left unchecked can reduce the supply of clean air, increase your electricity bill, and decrease the operational life of the system.

On a practical, monetary level, inspections pay for themselves by addressing these problems and ensuring your system performs at its best. On the other hand, replacing broken HVAC systems can cost several thousand dollars and cause a major inconvenience.

Conducting Regular Inspections

To head off major system problems above before they develop, you must conduct regular inspections of your HVAC system. A checkup once a year can be enough for most air conditioning units.

An annual checkup that focuses on air conditioning maintenance will include:

  1. Technicians will begin by visually examining the outdoor unit and indoor parts. This examination may seem pointless with regular maintenance, but merely observing the system can yield important information about the parts of the AC that need attention, revealing such simple problems as parts of the system’s copper wire rubbing together.

  2. Next, a thorough cleaning of the parts of the system that accumulate dirt will begin. The indoor and outdoor condenser coils, condensate pump, and other parts of the HVAC system will be inspected and cleaned thoroughly.

  3. The parts of the air conditioner system that have become worn should be replaced or repaired. A technician will give you a list of all areas of concern.

  4. Documentation and comparison of the air conditioning unit’s temperature and pressure readings to ensure the cooling system’s proper refrigerant level. Additionally, the tech will check for refrigerant leaks.

  5. The technician will inspect the fan motors, capacitors, and blades for proper amperage and no misbalance. Motors and capacitors are normal wear parts and must be monitored. Unbalanced blades cause premature bearing failure.

  6. Time will be spent tightening electrical connections that naturally become looser with unit usage of your central air conditioner.

  7. Confirmation of proper airflow.

Aside from the yearly routine maintenance and inspection, you should change the air filters every 1 to 3 months to make sure they can handle the quantity of air that passes through them every day without getting clogged. This maintenance task may vary depending on how often someone inspects the HVAC system.

Calling in the Experts

Air conditioner repair costs will vary. However, when an AC repair technician catches minor repairs through routine maintenance, you will save money and reduce frustrating “surprises” that can occur with major repairs.

There are dozens of small considerations that need to be evaluated while working on the system to ensure no additional damage is done. Thus, an annual inspection of your home or building HVAC system may determine how long you can enjoy the benefits of your system and extend the machine’s overall life.

Don’t wait until an emergency forces you to call an HVAC service. Contact Ball Building Services today for your annual HVAC system inspection and preventative maintenance. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’ll stay cool all summer long!