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What to expect from an AC Inspection

Let’s face it. No one gets excited about inspections – of any kind. They’re usually uncomfortable and stressful. Bring your car to the shop and you’ll be sweating under the sun as you wait for the auto expert to deliver the bad news. Health assessments are no fun either. Finding out you’re a little too old to keep eating cupcakes for breakfast is a bit of a letdown to say the least.

An AC survey is a bit different though. That’s because we focus on putting you at ease. The goal is to increase your home comfort – not your stress levels. Want to know what to expect from an AC inspection? Consider this your guide.

Addressing Allergies and Ailments

Allergens such as mold and dust can collect in your AC air ducts over time. We’ll explore your ductwork and other allergy-prone areas that could affect air quality.

Through the inspection, we’ll determine what areas if any require maintenance. In some cases, an air duct cleaning may be in order. We’ll also ensure your parts are strong enough to withstand washing. Older homes may harbor worn or fragile parts. Rest assured that our professionals know how to identify irritants and care for them without harming your home.

Before the inspection, you’ll want to consider the following AC allergy-related questions that could help us identify key issues:

  • Have you noticed any hot or cold spots anywhere in your house?
  • Have you noticed any drafts?
  • Do you have any concerns about your AC or heating system?

With the answers to these questions, we’ll observe your thermostat and overall system operation, as well as fan function, coil condensation levels, and more. With two annual Customer Club inspections and maintenance performed, we’ll also top off refrigerant levels for free to ensure your AC keeps you cool.

Exploring Efficiency

If your house is cold, but your bills are high, you’ve lost half the battle. Efficiency is an essential part of AC operation. While your home itself could expedite energy leaks, so too could a system that’s operating at half capacity. That’s why we’re curious about more than just the basics. We want to know that you’re getting the most out of your system; these questions will give us the answers that’ll help us improve your system’s cooling capacity.

  • What is your average electric bill in the summer?
  • What is your average electric bill in the winter?
  • What is your average electric bill in the off-season?
  • Have you noticed any excessive noise? If so, from which part of the unit?

 

Our professionals are experts on not only AC units, but the common issues related to the home that could reduce overall AC performance. We’re always ready with recommendations that’ll increase your comfort and reduce the hassle of unexpected repairs and utility costs.

Ready to schedule a visit with one of our technicians? Contact Service Tech today for more information on affordable Birmingham AC repair and maintenance. To keep up with your home comfort, check out our Preferred Customer Club program for regular tune-ups and more.

Cut your energy and maintenance costs – Join the Preferred Customer Club and have peace of mind for an average cost of around $13 per month.

Ever heard the old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? Whoever said that didn’t know the first thing about air conditioner systems.

It takes work to make sure your air conditioner keeps performing at peak levels. Most people understand this – but just because they understand it, that doesn’t mean they want to actually pay for the regular maintenance it requires.

Our membership includes a 15% discount on all repairs, as well as $10 off the current labor rate.  It also guarantees you priority service – which is worth its weight in gold when something breaks in the middle of the summer, with no overtime or after hours labor rates.

You’ll also be entitled to our semi-annual AC Tune-ups, during which we work through a 21-point checklist that includes checking and fine-tuning the following items:

 OUTDOOR SECTION 

  • Clean dirt, leaves, and debris from inside the outdoor unit cabinet.*
  • Inspect outdoor coil and cabinet – clean as necessary.*
  • Inspect fan motor and blades – lubricate as needed.*
  • Inspect control box, associated controls, wiring and connections.*
  • Inspect compressor and associated tubing for damage.*
  • Check amperage draw.*

INDOOR SECTION 

  • Inspect blower assembly, fan belt, and motor.*
  • Inspect indoor coil, drain pan, and condensate drain lines.*
  • Inspect for gas leaks.
  • Inspect burner assembly – clean and adjust as necessary.
  • Inspect ignition system and safety controls – clean and adjust as necessary.
  • Inspect heat exchanger or heating elements.
  • Inspect flue system – remember carbon monoxide is dangerous.
  • Inspect control box, associated controls, wiring, and connections.*
  • Inspect air flow – check for leaks.*
  • Inspect or replace filter.*

WITH SYSTEM OPERATING

  • Monitor for starting capabilities.*
  • Listen for abnormal noise.*
  • Check system for correct refrigerant charge.*
  • Check system for correct gas pressure.
  • Check system for correct amp draw.*
  • Check duct work for dirt.*

* Services generally performed in the spring.

That’s why Service Tech has the Preferred Customer Club program. It’s an easy way for homeowners to keep costs down ensuring consistent HVAC performance and maximizing energy efficiency.