CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING & COOLING MAINTENANCE IN OR AND WA
Air Conditioning Maintenance for Your Home
Energy efficiency is the number one reason to properly maintain your HVAC unit. This isn’t just because an inefficient unit uses more energy, but because it costs you more money to run a struggling unit. Airflow restrictions and blockages, dirty condensers, and aging motors all stack up toward higher energy costs to do the same job.
While some things can’t be fixed, motors and pumps age over time, other problems can be cleared away with simple a/c maintenance. In fact, to prolong the life of your unit (and even for some manufacturers’ warranties) it’s required that a proper maintenance schedule be kept.
Our Cooling Maintenance Checklist
- Text smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This check is part of our Home Safety Checklist. While an A/C unit itself won’t generate CO, the ventilation ducts can spread both smoke and CO around a house. We want to ensure you aren’t caught unaware.
- Calibrate your thermostat for accuracy. A faulty thermostat can raise your fuel costs by 7% per year. It doesn’t take much to damage a thermostat’s accuracy. A small bump, improper installation, or dirt in just the right place can throw it off. Your thermostat should be checked for calibration every year, preferably before the start of a season.
- Inspect and replace air filters. Often more responsible for high energy costs and poor cooling than any other component, air filters require regular changing (or cleaning if you have reusable filters). As a filter becomes clogged with dust, dirt, and other detritus, it forces the unit to work harder, raising energy cost and decreasing the lifespan of the unit. A dirty air filter will also have a heavy impact on air quality and allergens in the home.
- Lubricate mechanical parts. If it moves, then it needs to move smoothly. This includes ventilation fans, compressor motors, and compressor fans.
- Condenser cleaning. When the condenser coil is dirty, it insulates the refrigerant and prevents it from radiating heat. If the refrigerant can’t shed heat before returning to the home, it can’t absorb heat and your house will stay hot and humid.
- Full ventilation, ductwork, and vent inspection. Anywhere air or exhaust flows, we inspect to make sure that everything is clean and clear. Air flow obstructions force your unit to work harder and may even push contaminants throughout the home.
Service Club Membership
Eclipse Heating and Cooling offers a specialized Service Club Membership with three different tiers of service. With a membership, you get immediate access to discounted rates and free services, plus regularly scheduled heating and a/c maintenance to ensure your entire central HVAC unit is protected from the rigors of everyday use.
Call Eclipse Heating and Cooling today to schedule your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment at 541-564-1031.