With the warm days of spring arriving and summer not far behind, it is time to get your air conditioning unit in tip-top shape to adequately deal with the hot temperatures and humidity of northern Virginia. A well-maintained heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit uses less energy to run, provides a more comfortable indoor environment and is less likely to need heating and air conditioning repair.
The primary reason that an air conditioner stops working is a dirty filter. Filters should be cleaned at least every three months and replaced according to manufacturer’s directions. Standard HVAC filters trap airborne particles including dust, dander, hair and insect parts. Better quality filters with higher MERV ratings capture smaller particulates including smoke, fumes from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like paint or cleaning supplies, dust mites, bacteria, pollen and mold.
Filters perform two functions: not only do they protect the HVAC system from dust and grime, but they also help keep your indoor air clean and fresh to breathe. The Environmental Protection Agency states that indoor air may carry up to five times more pollutants than outdoor air depending on where you live. Poor indoor air quality can aggravate asthma and allergies for those who suffer from these ailments. A clean filter ensures that the air circulating through your HVAC system removes particulates that aggravate these conditions.
The easiest way to make sure that your HVAC unit is performing well and reduce the incidence of untimely heating and air conditioning repairs is to have seasonal tune-ups. A tune-up examines all elements of a system:
• Clean coils
• Clean drip pan and tubing
• Check refrigerant levels
• Check wiring and connections
• Clean or replace filter as needed
• Oil all moving parts
• Check belts for wear
• Check plenum and housing on furnaces
• Check ignition on gas units
• Check for gas leaks
• Ensure that system cycles on and off properly
• Calibrate thermostat
How Eastern Tech Can Help
We are a family-owned business providing heating and air conditioning repair, new installation and maintenance services for communities in central and northern Virginia. Our services include:
• 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee
• Heating and air conditioning repair on all makes and models of furnaces and air conditioners
• Heat pump installation
• Licensed, bonded and insured
• Annual maintenance plans
• Free service call with heating or air conditioning repair
• Free estimates on new installations
• Refrigeration services for commercial and residential freezers and coolers
If you need heating and air conditioning repair services or would like to get your air conditioner ready for summer, give us a call and speak to one of our technicians to find out how we can help keep your indoor environment comfortable!