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Benefits of Regular Air Conditioning Maintenance

Having a licensed air conditioning contractor perform routine checkups on an AC just as one would other expensive mechanical equipment such as a car will extend its life. Regular maintenance can identify common AC problems that may occur before they become an emergency such as refrigerant leaks, duct leakage, electrical issues, or a clogged condensate drain.

Since 1985, the Arizona Heat Pump Council has recommended an annual 16-point cooling system checkup and 16-point heating system checkup. Currently, they are offering the preseason cooling system checkup through April 30, 2014 for $65.95, special pricing for a licensed, insured, and highly trained technician to ensure that AC unit(s) are working properly before the intense Arizona summer heat arrives.

One might think, "It's too soon to have my AC inspected? I haven't even turned it on yet!"

The truth is that this offer is designed to ensure that home repair companies will be able to inspect the AC unit promptly before they become overbooked with AC breakdowns in the midst of swelling hot temperatures. The technician will come prepared with this checklist of areas to inspect for the cooling system checkup.

16-Point Cooling and Heating System Inspection Checklist:
1. Check thermostat operation
2. Clean filter or replace (customer supplied)
3. Check system temperature split
4. Inspect fused disconnect
5. Inspect wiring & tighten electrical connections
6. Inspect contactors, relays and pressure controls
7. Inspect electrical safety circuits
8. Check voltage & amperage to all motors
9. Inspect indoor blower & motor for dirt buildup
10. Inspect bearings & lubricate all moving parts (as required)
11. Inspect belt & adjust tension (as required)
12. Inspect & clean condensate drain (cooling only) or Check defrost operation (heating only)
13. Inspect outdoor coil and advise customer
14. Inspect duct seal at unit and secure panels
15. Explain & document all necessary repairs
16. Run & test system

Several of the key areas the Arizona Heat Pump Council checkup covers such as replacing filters, inspecting coils, and cleaning the condensate drain are also suggested by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of regular AC maintenance on their website. Properly running AC units will also save homeowners money by reducing energy consumption and electricity costs.

The Arizona Heat Pump Council is a consumer council under the trade association, Electric League of Arizona (ELA). Since 1960, the ELA has fulfilled their mission of "promoting the efficient use of electrical energy products and related services." They are committed to the sustainability of their community, so Arizona can continue to prosper for decades to come.

In 1985, the Arizona Heat Pump Council referral program was launched to help customers take the guess work out of choosing a trustworthy home repair contractor. Today ELA has nine councils that customers can count on for referrals: heating and air conditioning contractors, electricians, plumbers, solar energy companies, window/shade screen contractors, roofers, and more.

Call 800-368-PROS for a contractor referral or visit

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