Service Call from AirCare: What to expect…
Once you call us and schedule a visit, an AirCare technician will arrive, they will consult with you and begin to assess the problem. Central air conditioners should be professionally inspected and adjusted before the beginning of every cooling season. However, don’t let your maintenance end with this annual checkup. While there aren’t many repairs you can make yourself, there are specific maintenance procedures you can follow to keep your system operating at peak efficiency.
Common procedures that our technician may perform
- Consultation with the homeowner or resident to assess the symptoms.
- Collect information on the system to determine the year, make, model, type of system, and type of refrigerant.
- Visual inspection The technician is checking for proper installation, corrosion, voltage, possible leak points, damage, wear and tear, refrigerant pressure, output temperature.
- Recommending a solution The technician will recommend how to fix the problem. The may even perform a quick repair if the solution is a simple one. If solving the problem requires additional work, the technician will provide options on costs to clean, adjust, repair or replace affected parts.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning 101Common Types of HVAC Systems: Central Air Conditioning – HVAC System with separate heating and cooling components Heat Pump Systems – HVAC System in which refrigerant flow is used to both heat and cool a home. Ductless Split System – Also known as a Mini-Split. Ideally used in home additions, smaller spaces or where there is inadequate space for required ductwork. Package Systems – All-in one heating and cooling system. Most commonly used for commercial buildings.
Basic elements of an HVAC system:
- Thermostat – Controls the temperature and operating mode of the system.
- Refrigerant – A chemical compound which allows for heat transfer in an HVAC system. Also known as “freon”.
- Condenser – Designed to dissipate heat carried by the circulating refrigerant.
- Compressor – A pump which pressurizes the refrigerant allowing it to flow between the coils.
- Evaporator – Usually located within a sealed duct in an attic or closet. When the system is set to “cool”, air flows over coils that contain the refrigerant.
- Ductwork – A sealed pathway which allows for air circulation throughout a dwelling.
- Fan motors – Drives air circulation in an HVAC system.
- Furnace – When the system is set to “heat”, heating elements activate or natural gas burners ignite, depending if the furnace is electric or natural gas.