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Preparing for Summer Weather requires proper Air Conditioner maintenance

Spring has arrived and so has the warm weather, so as temperatures of as high as the 80’s are expected for the rest of May and on to June, this means Birmingham residents should make sure their air conditioning systems are in top shape.

Proper air conditioning maintenance is a must if you want an efficient system and avoid high energy bills. When problems do happen, do not fall into the trap of conducting DIY repairs if the case requires the knowhow of a Service Tech expert.  Service Tech Heating & Air Conditioning services all major brands and installs the best of the best brands with the highest ratings from consumer reports.


Certain problems may require only minor troubleshooting. For example, if your AC unit refuses to work, check the basics, like if the settings are correct, or if the system controls are in good working condition. The problem could be something as minor as a drained remote control battery.

Some malfunctions are also simple enough to fix on your own, such as replacing a burnt-out fuse, or pushing the compressor motor’s reset button back in.

Professional Repair

When you have exhausted all simple troubleshooting measures, and your unit still refuses to function well, if at all, then it’s time to call in an AC professional.  The problem might be coming from a damaged electrical wiring or main power cord, which should be left in the hands of HVAC technicians.

Problems with the AC compressor could also be the result of fluctuating voltage over a period of time. If this is the case, the compressor may need to be replaced altogether by a professional.

If you are not getting enough cooling, the problem might be coming from insufficient power reaching the blower fans. This can happen if the wires connecting the blower motor to the electrical source are damaged.  Testing with a multi-meter will tell you if this is causing the problem. If the blower is getting enough power, but is still not working, the motor’s capacitor may need to be changed. Whether the solution is replacing damaged blower wires or the capacitor, rely on AC repair pros to safely and accurately do the job.

Insufficient cooling could also mean a need for coolant change, which again should be done only by a technician. Likewise, a buildup of frost around connectors, fan motors, and hoses could indicate a leak.  An AC repair pro can detect the source of the leak and perform the necessary repair or replacement.