AC maintenance is essential If you want to keep your air conditioner unit working properly for years to come. TopNotch Heating and Air has a wide range of customizable AC maintenance plans for Pittsburgh-area homeowners.
Whether you need to diagnose or repair a noticeable problem, or you’d like to schedule periodic air conditioning cleaning/preventative maintenance services, our technicians are here to help. We can perform a thorough inspection to identify/repair a particular issue, clean various parts, and make routine adjustments or repairs to prolong the lifespan of your air conditioning unit.
TopNotch has provided AC service in Pittsburgh for over two decades. Our technicians are factory-trained on the build and makeup of each brand and model. Furthermore, we stay up-to-date on emerging technology, new AC systems, and chronic problems associated with various models or worn/aged parts. This enables us to recognize and resolve many small problems before they become bigger ones.
Four Reasons for Annual AC Maintenance
Cleaning AC Evaporator Coils – When your air conditioning unit has dirty evaporator coils, it won’t properly cool your home. This means you’ll wind up paying more than you should to keep your house cool and comfortable.Many people think an air conditioner adds coolness to their home; however, it’s actually removing heat. Warm air is blown out of your home. It passes through the evaporator coil as it does this.If routine AC maintenance – like changing air filters – is neglected, accumulated dust, dander, and hair build-up will weaken heat transfer. Additionally, condensation dampens these coil passages making them the perfect breeding ground for airborne mold spores that further obstruct airflow. This condensation can also freeze.
Without annual AC maintenance, these evaporator coils will have to be completely removed and thoroughly cleaned after several years of neglect. This is a time consuming and expensive process. Yearly air conditioning maintenance is recommended to clean evaporator coils without having to remove them entirely.
Cleaning AC Condenser Coils – Condenser coils are another critical part of your cooling system. When the air from inside your home is pushed through the indoor evaporator coils, it circulates through the rest of the tubing and into the outside condenser coil.These coils will often become clogged with lawn debris and dirt. This will lower the efficiency of your AC system. Your air conditioner won’t cool your home like it once did. More energy will be consumed by the unit to make up for this decreased cooling efficiency costing you more money. Plus, the unit itself won’t last as long as it should. There’s also the potential for outdoor allergens and pollen to accumulate and blow into your home.
Recharging Refrigerant – Any older unit likely uses Freon 22, which was once an HVAC industry standard until the U.S. government acted to end use of this ozone-depleting refrigerant. Therefore, AC units manufactured since 2010, use more environmentally-friendly refrigerants.When a refrigerant gets low, a trained professional must be called to recharge it. Occasionally, low refrigerant may suggest an AC system leak. This is another problem that can be caught early with annual AC maintenance.
Safety Control Testing – Your AC system has a series of triggers that detect any problems that arise. These triggers will preventatively shut down the unit if there’s ever any safety threat or potential for a major malfunction. An important part of our annual AC maintenance is testing to ensure these triggers are working properly.
At the Core of Our AC Service is a Thorough Inspection
TopNotch checks every aspect of your unit during our AC maintenance service. We ensure that everything from the air ducts to the electrical wiring are in working order with no sign of deterioration. The best way to prolong the lifespan of any AC unit is to start an AC maintenance plan at the time of installation. This can significantly reduce any need for costly repairs, ensure your system is running optimally at all times, and help you save money over time on energy bills. The life expectancy of most new air conditioners is typically 10-15 years. Without regular maintenance, you won’t get nearly that much time from your investment.
Call TopNotch Heating and Cooling today at 412-381-0598 for more information on our Pittsburgh AC maintenance. We service the Greater Pittsburgh area, providing AC service throughout Allegheny County, including South Fayette, Mt. Lebanon, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Upper St. Clair and more.