We don’t mind stopping by to fix your air conditioning. After all, it’s what we do. We would rather service your equipment before it needs emergency repairs. As part of a seasonal AC maintenance and tune-up program, our HVAC technicians will check refrigerant levels, examine it for leaks, and properly dispose of discharged refrigerant. We’ll also check the controls, electrical terminals, belts, connectors, etc. and then we'll replace worn, damaged or broken parts before they turn into a major problem.
We’ll also recommend non-emergency replacements and upgrades that can help extend the life of your system. This gives you the information to make a good decision and time to think about what you want to do with your system, before you’re on the spot.
Just as your family doctor encourages annual physical exams, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) manufacturers suggest periodic HVAC checkups to ensure your system is running properly. Preventive maintenance will extend the life of your central air conditioning and heating equipment and save you money.
With a Preventive Maintenance Agreement (PMA), offered for an annual fee from our members, an HVAC technician will visit your home twice per year to test and inspect your system. The goal is to catch any minor issues before they turn into major problems. Among the items on their checklists, the technician will inspect system functionality and safety controls; inspect electrical connections and electrical components; ensure the system has proper airflow; inspect air filters; and inspect and lubricate motors and pumps, where appropriate.
Two Visits a Year, Spring and Fall
The PMA plans include visits to your Columbus-area home twice a year: just before the cooling season begins in the spring, and before the heating season starts in the fall.
Manufacturers such as Carrier say that it’s important to have a professional service technician carefully inspect your unit to uncover any problems (like leaks, soot, rust, rotting parts, corroded electrical contacts and frayed wires) at least annually. There are also a few simple maintenance tasks homeowners can do on their own to improve their HVAC equipment’s performance:
- Clear debris away from exterior intake and exhaust vents to ensure unobstructed airflow.
- Check the thermostat wire entry point and, if necessary, apply caulking, so a draft won’t influence the thermostat reading.
- Open several air registers to see if your ducts are dirty. They can collect dust during the off season in Ohio (the dead time between winter and spring, and between fall and winter, when there is no airflow in the system). Vacuum the ducts to remove any dust or lint that is present. Or better yet, schedule a system duct cleaning.
- Use an air conditioner cover to keep the coils free from dust and dirt when you are not using the cooling system during the winter months.
- We recommend you have your HVAC equipment serviced each spring and fall
Save Money with Scheduled Maintenance Programs
Contact us to discuss details or make arrangements for an annual scheduled maintenance plan. You’ll save money from individual service calls and prevent catastrophic failure of your home’s precious heating and cooling equipment.
It is important to remember that warranties are different than PMAs. A warranty will only last for a certain amount of time and, sometimes, only apply to specific parts of the unit. If a part is not working and it’s still under warranty, the manufacturer will provide a free replacement part. However, since warranties do not cover labor, you may still be responsible for the installation costs. And, most manufacturers require routine maintenance to enforce their warranty.