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Why You Should Have Your Air Conditioning Unit Tuned Up this Spring

In case you missed it, spring has arrived in Kansas City. Baseball season is underway out at The K, kids are getting ready for summer break, lawns are being mowed, the garden flowers are in bloom... This also means much warmer temperatures are on their way. Soon enough, it'll be time to start thinking about firing up those A/C units. While the actual high temperatures may be a few months away, now's a great time to get your air conditioning unit tuned up in preparation for warm summer weather in Kansas City.

It's a good idea to have all of your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) equipment tuned up and checked out annually. It can not only save you money on utility bills and costly repairs down the road, it can also help avoid potentially-dangerous situations. HVAC units sometimes have problems that have the potential to turn into disasters if left unchecked. An A/C unit that isn't functioning well isn't likely to lead to the kinds of catastrophic problems that you can get with a furnace that isn't up to snuff, but it can cost you quite a bit on your energy bills.

Getting your A/C unit tuned up can help you save on energy costs, can help ensure that your A/C equipment lasts longer and breaks down less often, improve A/C performance, and ultimately just net you a more comfortable home. There are guides online to things to look for when checking out an air conditioning unit to make sure that it's working as it should, but your best bet is to hire an Olathe heating and cooling professional to check out your system and make sure that everything is up to snuff. When the technician does come out, here's a few things they might take a look at:

  • Check coolant levels and pressure.
  • Inspect all wiring, contacts, capacitors, and relays, as well as the condenser, the fan motor and blades, and the outdoor disconnect.
  • Check all the evaporator and condenser coil fins.
  • Clean the evaporator coil and condenser drain, if needed.
  • If the condenser is at ground level, be sure that the air flow path isn't restricted by vegetation or other debris.
  • Perform additional safety and efficiency checks.

Some A/C units may also need to be re-leveled if the ground beneath them shifts. An HVAC specialist can also give you suggestions on how to get the best performance out of your A/C unit. For example, if you're doing some landscaping, shading your A/C unit with trees or bushes can help improve cooling efficiency, since the unit won't be getting heated up by exposure to direct sunshine.

Modern A/C units are workhorses that are built to work hard and last a long time. But like anything, they work best when they get a little regular care from experienced professionals. So if you're ready to help your A/C unit be all that it can be this spring, give Davenport Services, your Olathe heating and cooling professionals, a call today.

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