Here’s what to expect during your routine air conditioner maintenance

Routine Air Conditioner MaintenanceA regular checkup of your air conditioner is important, as it will reduce the likelihood of emergency breakdowns. Regular maintenance of the cooling device will ensure that it will work efficiently for a long time. You won’t have to worry about increased energy bills when you have the system checked by a professional expert on a regular basis.

The best time to schedule routine air conditioner maintenance is during the spring season. Neglecting to have the system checked by a professional will likely result in the reduced lifespan of the cooling unit, a steady decline in the energy efficiency, and costly repairs.

A routine inspection ensures that the problems in the air conditioner units are addressed immediately before they do major damage to the system. Here are five things that you should expect during routine air conditioner maintenance.

1. We’ll inspect your AC filter

The filters of the air conditioners must be kept clean of dirt, dust, and other airborne debris. Clean air filter ensures that the dirt or other debris does not enter the evaporator coil and limit its heat absorbing capacity. On the other hand, a clogged filter can increase the energy consumption by as much 15 percent. It will also result in greater wear and strain of the system resulting in reduced life span.

A professional technician will inspect the filter during a routine check up to ensure that it is clean. In case the filter is clogged, the air conditioner technician will clean it using specialized tool and equipment.  In case the filter is very dirty, the technician may also recommend you to install a new one.

2. We’ll examine the coils

The condenser and evaporator coils of the air conditioning unit collect dirt and dust over time. While the filter reduces the soiling of the coils, they cannot completely prevent dust from settling over the coils. An experienced technician will inspect the coils of the air conditioner during a routine inspection, and clean them if necessary.

Also, the aluminum fins on the condenser and evaporator coil sometimes get bent, which prevents proper flow of air.  The technician will inspect the fins and ‘comb’ them to their original position using a fin comb.

3. We’ll inspect the condensate drains

During a routine inspection of the air conditioner, the technician will also check the condensation drains. Drains sometimes get clogged. As a result, moisture can get inside the system, damaging critical components. In case the drains are found to be clogged, the technician will take necessary measures to solve the problem immediately before it does major damage to the system.

4. We’ll tighten connections and lubricate moving parts

A professional technician will measure voltage and tighten the electrical connection if required. The technician will also lubricate moving parts, such as the motor to ensure efficient operation of the air conditioning unit.

5. We’ll inspect the blower assembly

The blower of the air conditioner ensures efficient circulation of air inside the house. Problems with the air conditioner blower can greatly decrease the efficiency of the air conditioner. An experienced technician will inspect the blower assembly during the routine air condition checkup, and take appropriate actions.

Schedule your routine air conditioner maintenance by calling Tin Man

In you want to schedule your routine air conditioner maintenance in northwest Ohio, you can contact Tin Man Heating and Cooling.

Air Conditioning Sizing Matters: Here’s How To Pick The Right One

Air Conditioning SizingAn air conditioner is an essential device in the home that can keep your room cool and comfortable during the winters. However, air conditioning sizing can greatly impact your comfort and energy bills.

The size of the AC system determines not just the cooling efficiency of the air conditioner but also the amount of monthly energy bills. It’s important that you buy the right size of air conditioner for the home.

In this blog post, we’ll explain what this means. However, the best way to get air conditioning sizing advice is to contact the team at Tin Man for a free in-home estimate.

What is air conditioning sizing, and why does it matter?

An air conditioner size is measured in tons. Contrary to what you might expect, the tons do not convey weight of the cooling device, but its cooling ability. A 1-ton unit can generate about 12,000 British Thermal Unit (BTU) of cooling in an hour. A 2-ton unit can generate about 24,000 BTU in an hour, and so on.

Buying a higher size unit will result in greater cooling at the expense of greater energy bills. Also, a higher size unit will generally require frequent maintenance as compared to a small size unit. Typically, most homes have air conditioner in the range of 1-ton to 5-ton. An air conditioner over 5-ton is a commercial unit that is surplus to the requirements of most homes.

Now that you known what is meant by an air conditioner unit, let’s find out how to determine the right size unit for your home.

Determining the right size for your air conditioner

You can use to different methods to determine the right size of the air conditioner. The first method is to multiply the home square footage by 25, divide the resulting figure by 12,000, and then subtract 0.5.

So, if your house is 1,000 square feet, you will need to perform the following calculations to determine the right size of the air conditioner unit.

  1. 1,000 * 25 = 25,000
  2. 25,000 / 12,000 = 2.08
  3. 08 – 0.5 = 1.5

This means that if your house is 1,000 square foot, the ideal size of the air conditioner is 1.5 ton. Keep in mind that the above calculation is not for areas with hot and arid climates such as Southwest in which case instead of subtracting 0.5, you should add the number.

The second and easier method to select the size of the air conditioner is by looking at the chart below that was specified by Energy Star.

Area To Be Cooled (square feet)                          Capacity Needed (Ton)
100 up to 150                                                                                     5,000
150 up to 250                                                                                     6,000 (0.5 ton)
250 up to 300                                                                                     7,000
300 up to 350                                                                                     8,000
350 up to 400                                                                                     9,000
400 up to 450                                                                                     10,000
450 up to 550                                                                                     12,000 (1 ton)
550 up to 700                                                                                     14,000
700 up to 1,000                                                                  18,000 (1.5 ton)
1,000 up to 1,200                                                                              21,000
1,200 up to 1,400                                                                              23,000
1,400 up to 1,500                                                                              24,000 (2 ton)
1,500 up to 2,000                                                                              30,000
2,000 up to 2,500                                                                              34,000 (2.5 ton)

If you want more expert advice regarding the air conditioner, you can contact Tin Man Heating and Cooling. We serve Bowling Green, Findlay, and the surrounding areas.