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Getting Your Air Conditioner Inspected

By Ric Hendrickson on November 23, 2010

Ric Hendrickson is the residential sales manager at Patterson Heating and Air Conditioning, whose primary job is to handle all types of HVAC issues for clients throughout North Carolina. According to Hendrickson, ideally, homeowners should be making sure to get their air conditioners inspected at the start of every season in order to ensure optimal performance.

I recommend to clients that they at least call to have their air conditioners serviced and inspected during the peak spring season—to get ready for the summer months—and near the end of the fall season—to get ready for the winter months. Both air conditioners and heaters should be inspected to make sure that they aren't malfunctioning in any way that could cause harm to your family or cause damages that could be expensive to repair.

What's Involved in the Inspection

At our Charlotte-based AC repair company, we just want to make sure that your air conditioning system is running optimally and that everything is clean inside the system. Whenever you call Patterson Heating and Air Conditioning for an air conditioning or heater inspection, you can expect to have a skilled, licensed HVAC specialist arrive at your home ready to work. The specialist will look at the system's evaporator coils, the compressor, and the circuitry to make sure that nothing seems off.

When it comes to having an air conditioning system that is running optimally, it is not only a safety issue but also an efficiency issue. HVAC systems that are running under optimal performance are likely to use less energy, which saves homeowners money all season long. Not only that, but systems that are set up for optimal performance can heat or cool more areas of the home in less time, which reduces the amount of time that the system has to run to get the job done and lessens potential energy bills even further.

During the winter months, when people's furnaces are typically running, a heating and AC repair specialist from our company in Charlotte will typically visit homeowners to make sure that the heat exchangers in their systems are safe to use. In addition, this specialist will take a close look at the homeowner's furnace gas valves to ensure that everything is set up for optimal heating performance.

Signs that Your Should Watch Out For

In the semi-annual inspection, if the specialist finds something wrong with your air conditioning system, then it will generally be caught and fixed during that appointment. However, there are times when homeowners might need to get their air conditioners inspected in between seasonal checkups. These would be times when homeowners sense that something is wrong, either due to strange noises or other factors.

In my experience, one of the biggest things that you should watch out for in determining whether something is wrong with your heaters or air conditioners is an uptick in the electrical bill from one month to another. Seeing a sudden spike in how much the electrical company is charging you is definitely a strong indicator that something is wrong.

Additionally, hesitation in the unit may indicate that something is wrong with your air conditioner or heater. In gas furnaces especially, hesitation is a common symptom of an underlying problem that needs to be repaired. For example, if a gas furnace were to not heat up as quickly as it is supposed to, or it were to start and stop continually during a heating cycle, then a homeowner would be wise to call a specialist from a company like Patterson Heating and Air Conditioning to take a closer look.

Finally, sudden increases in the amount of money that you are paying in gas bills can be another indicator that something is wrong, although this type of problem in particular would point to an issue with the furnace as opposed to the air conditioner in the home.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

I frequently get contacted by people who say they decided to call for an inspection when their carbon monoxide detectors started going off. If those carbon monoxide detectors ever start chirping, then it is definitely time to have an immediate servicing done on your furnace. In fact, in my opinion, anyone with a gas furnace should invest in a carbon monoxide detector as a way to protect himself and his family from potential dangers.

People need to take carbon monoxide poisoning very seriously, and they should not wait at all before calling for furnace repair if they suspect that the carbon monoxide levels in their home are on the rise. In these cases, homeowners in Charlotte should call for a heating or AC repair specialist immediately, and open as many windows as possible while they wait for the expert to arrive for the inspection.

Ric Hendrickson is a writer for Yodle, a business directory and online advertising company. Find an HVAC contractor or more HVAC articles at Yodle Consumer Guide.

Original article published on SooperArticles.com

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