A Checklist For the AC Service Person


When you have a central air conditioner in the home, as many people do, you certainly want it to operate with a very high level of efficiency. That is the key to the safety and comfort of you and your family, as well as keeping those utility bills under control.

If you have had a talk with any HVAC professional, they would have told you that one of the aspects that makes this happen is to maintain the system correctly. As a result, you will have maintenance scheduled.

It could be that you need a repair, but that it is something that can be taken care of with some simple maintenance tasks. Whatever it is, it won’t hurt you to know what the service person generally goes through when he visits your home.

These are things that are critical to conducting proper maintenance of your system:

  • The electric connections must be tightened and the motors must be checked. When these things are not operating properly, your system is not going to operate the right way and you are going to burn it out.
  • Lubrication is important. All the moving parts of the system have to be lubricated. If they’re not, your system is going to have to work harder. When there is more effort going into running your system that is going to take more energy and translate to higher utility bills. Sure maybe this is something you could do yourself, but it is better left to an AC professional.
  • Make sure the condensate drain isn’t plugged. If it is, you are going to have problems. You’ll wind up with massive water backup and the humidity level, which is something your air conditioner is supposed to control, will get, in effect, out of control.
  • How about the controls on your system? They have to be working properly. Does you system turn on and shut off the right way? This sounds simple, but it has an impact on the safe operation of any AC.
  • The thermostat must be set the right way. A lot of people don’t know how to use the thermostat, and this can especially be the case when it comes to one that is programmable. Let the AC professional show you how to manage that part of your system, because when you can actually set the controls of your temperature according tot he time of day, you could be in for a lower energy bill.