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Schedule Your Air Conditioner Maintenance Before Summer is Here

Air Conditioner Maintenance
Just because your air conditioner was working fine when you shut if off last season does not mean it’s going to work well this year. Worn parts could be on the verge of breaking. Air conditioner maintenance from Oliver can nip problems in the bud, make sure your system is ready to keep you comfortable all summer and reduce cooling costs. To save even more with additional peace of mind, learn more about our HVAC maintenance plans.

Our Schedule Fills Up Fast

Now is a perfect time to schedule your air conditioner tune-up. You don’t want to miss an opportunity to tune up your air conditioner before the first heat wave hits. Mild temperatures allow our technicians to work safely in attics. On an 85-degree summer day, heat can rise to an intolerable 140 degrees in an attic. You don’t want to miss an opportunity to tune-up your air conditioner before a heat wave hits.

The award-winning team at Oliver can service all air conditioner brands. Maintenance will greatly reduce the possibly of a breakdown on a scorching day. An air conditioner tune up every year can mean uninterrupted cooling all summer long. The service could also help your unit last longer as well.

Thorough 21-Point Air Conditioner Inspection

All air conditioning manufacturers advise their customers get annual tune-ups. Our highly trained technicians will quickly resolve problems found during a comprehensive assessment.

We’ll test:

  • Suction pressure and temperature
  • Discharge pressure and temperature
  • All safety controls for proper operation
  • All motor bearings
  • Operation and condition of compressor
  • Crankcase heater operation
  • Thermostat operation

The inspection will check the:

  • Blower motor, lubricating as needed
  • Condenser fan motor, lubricating as needed
  • Wiring connections, tightening them as needed
  • Evaporator coil
  • All capacitors for bulges, rust, and leaks
  • Disconnect box at outdoor unit

We’ll clean dust and grime from the:

  • Condensate drain
  • Condensate pumps
  • Condenser coil
  • Blower wheel, if applicable

The final air conditioner maintenance checks will evaluate the:

  • Temperature difference between return and supply air
  • Blower motor belt if applicable, adjusting as needed
  • Blower speed, adjusting as needed
  • Voltage and amperage of all motors

Without air conditioner maintenance, your system may struggle to keep you comfortable. Your power bill can also climb because your cooling system is not operating efficiently.

Schedule Air Conditioner Maintenance

Oliver Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, & Electrical has been solving problems for homeowners in the Delaware Valley since 1971. We have most parts in stock to fix any issues that we identify during an inspection. Schedule an appointment today to get started.


Signs That You May Need a Heat Pump Service or Tune Up

We all enjoy being comfortable in our own home. After all, that’s what home is for. Home is the center of our family life, where we get to relax and spend quality time with the ones who matter most to us. While we’re busy kicking back and entertaining ourselves, our heat pump services us. It’s hard at work keeping us cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and saving us money.

Everyone appreciates getting some attention from time to time, and the same is true for your heat pump. Remember that your heat pump is saving you dollars by giving your furnace a break in winter, and your air conditioner some time off during the warm summer months. As a result, your heat pump is working in all four seasons, year-round. To keep it working at peak form, it’s best to give your heat pump a maintenance tune-up each spring and fall. That’s where Oliver Heating and Cooling is able to help!

Heat Pump and HVAC Maintenance Saves You Money

The average lifespan for a heat pump that’s well maintained is about 15 years. There are things you can do to extend the longevity of your HVAC system and heat pump.

1. Check air filters.

Be sure to check the air filters every month, and change them regularly. You want to change them at least every 2 to 3 months. However, if you have asthma or allergy sufferers, smokers, or pets in your home, you want to change air filters monthly.

2. Set your heat pump on the “auto” setting.

Your heat pump will last longer and work more efficiently if you use the “auto” setting rather than the “on” setting. The “on” setting makes the unit run continuously.

3. Maintain a regular heat pump service and tune-up schedule.

The US Department of Energy reports that the difference in electric costs between a well-maintained and a poorly-maintained heat pump is about 10 to 25 percent annually. Get regular heat pump tune-ups from Oliver and save yourself a considerable amount of money over the course of a year.

Look for Signs that Your Heat Pump Needs Service

You want to watch for signals that your heat pump may need to be maintained, repaired, or replaced. At Oliver, we’ve been providing home comfort solutions for almost 50 years, so we have the knowledge to assist you. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about your heat pump, HVAC, electrical, or plumbing needs.

• Is your heat pump nearing 15 years old?

If it’s running with less efficiency, this could be a sign that you need a heat pump tune-up, repair, or replacement.

• Are there strange smells?

Your unit may have mold growing, and you don’t want to spread that through your home’s air. If you detect a burning oil smell, it could be a broken or worn out belt in your heat pump.

• Can you hear strange sounds?

When your heat pump is running correctly, you should only hear a soft humming sound. If you’re hearing rattles, groans, or anything that sounds off, it’s a sign that your heat pump needs to be looked at.

• Is your electric bill higher than usual?

If your heat pump is cycling off quickly, it forces your air conditioner or furnace to operate more. You’ll see higher electric bills as a result.

• Is your heat pump running but not cooling or heating your home well?

That’s a sure sign you’re in need of heat pump service. If you feel a strong air flow but the air temperature is wrong, give us a call. It could be something simple like a new thermostat, but it could mean your heat pump needs to be serviced.

Fifty Years of Providing Home Comfort You Can Trust

Serving the Delaware Valley and greater Philadelphia since 1971, Oliver Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical has the experienced technicians to take care of all your home’s HVAC and heat pump needs. We have two office locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, so we’re never more than a quick call away.