Does your home have a whole house air conditioning unit? I might say for most of you that’s another silly question (as was my comment on the water heater some weeks back). But actually, not everyone has an air conditioner these days. If you do have an air conditioning unit older than 10 years, it might be time for an AC service checkup.  In general, you can expect a well-maintained air conditioner to last about 15 years.  It’s good to know that we here at Proudfoot can install a new AC unit for you. Not to mention the ability to maintain and service them.

First, Let’s Ask Some Questions

What should you look for in a service provider when needing some AC service?  And what time of the year is best to have your AC unit checked out?  Honestly, any time is better than never, but spring is the ideal time to budget for an air conditioning tune-up.  Early air conditioner maintenance can prevent many small problems from becoming more expensive repairs later.  And if your air conditioner checkup is scheduled for spring, you’ll typically beat the long waits and higher prices that can come with peak season HVAC repair visits.  As your AC service provider, we here at Proudfoot understand your need for an almost emergency type of visit when your AC unit is not performing as it should. Especially with the way the Pittsburgh weather has been lately!  Although we know that it’s not “life or death” when your AC is not working, we still try to treat it as such.

Why You Should Schedule an AC Service Checkup

You should have maintenance performed at least once a year on your whole house AC system. There are a couple of great reasons to schedule annual air conditioner maintenance with your local HVAC contractor.

To begin with, you greatly increase the chances that your AC tech will catch small problems before they become big ones by having regular checkups.  For instance, having a small refrigerant leak repaired shouldn’t cost much more than the service call itself.  But being forced to buy a new compressor when low refrigerant levels burn your current one out can result in a significantly higher cost. We’re talking up to a thousand dollars or more.  Another way an annual checkup saves you money is by ensuring that your AC unit is working at optimal efficiency.  When your AC is running well, it uses less energy to cool your house. And lower energy use means bigger savings for you on your monthly utility bills.

What Does an AC Service Checkup Consist Of?

An AC service checkup is an important part of making sure you get long lasting and efficient performance from your air conditioner.  Knowing which services to request as basic AC maintenance when your technician arrives is important.  Below is a short checklist of common maintenance procedures your HVAC contractor should include with a routine maintenance call.

  • Check for proper refrigerant levels.  Low levels indicate a leak that needs to be found and repaired immediately.  Low refrigerant levels can burn out your compressor, resulting in the most costly of repairs when it comes to your AC system.
  • Check all electrical components and controls to make sure they’re working properly.
  • Clean evaporator and condenser coils.  Dirty evaporators and coils reduce the energy efficiency and cooling ability of your outdoor unit.
  • Oil motors as required.
  • Calibrate thermostat to make sure your AC isn’t working overtime.
  • Check the condenser for any possible problems.
  • Check, clean, and/or replace filters.  An annual AC service checkup is the easiest way to keep your air conditioner in top condition for years to come.  To ensure you’ll get worry free, and money saving performance from your air conditioning, schedule a regular maintenance call today with Proudfoot.

Choosing the Right Service Provider

At Proudfoot, we realize emergency situations exist with both plumbing and HVAC.  We have years and years of experience in maintaining and replacing AC units/systems in relatively short periods of time.  We can be in and out of your home within 2 hours for an AC service call.  And for a repair or new installation, we can have you up and running with cool air in time frame that even Superman would think is fast!

And one of the most important reasons to choose us for your AC service, supply and/or installation is that we will be there for you just in case something might go wrong.  There’s always that slight chance that something isn’t exactly as it should be at the completion of an installation, even though we always check and recheck our work. Plus we will always give you options on what might be the best way to proceed when considering a possible repair.

If something does go awry, we will be right back at your home correcting the problem to your complete satisfaction.  You can count on Proudfoot!

In Summary

So, when your AC is on the “fritz”, or more importantly before a problem shows up, call us.  We’ll come out and take a look at things for you. And if you need a new AC system, we’ll have it installed at lightning speed!  Well, maybe not quite that fast, but fast!  And we’ll be there for you if you have any additional problems.  That’s why we think you should choose us as your service provider.  You can sign up for our annual maintenance program too for AC and heating to give you some peace of mind. Call us today at 1-412-461-2198.  Or feel free to contact us here! We’re always glad to make recommendations.

Schedule Service

At Proudfoot Plumbing, Heating, and Air, we are here to help you and are happy to process your scheduling request by email if that is your preference. Please indicate what service area you require in your request, and we will get back to you within one business day of receiving it.

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