April Showers Don’t Always Just Bring May Flowers

Tom-MaintSpeaking of the things around your place that should get a look at with the arrival of spring, there is one more that can have a serious impact on both your wallet and your health. It’s your air conditioning system. Whether you like to keep the air conditioning on from now until fall or just use it on really hot days, there are serious consequences based on the equipment’s condition.

At Corcoran Heating and Air Conditioning we have learned, and hope to pass onto you, the importance of both the system’s actual performance and what its contribution to the overall health of the indoor environment will be. On our end, we can check that your home’s or office’s or restaurant’s system is not over or undersized and can breathe properly. If either of those isn’t correct it will lead to higher utility costs, more parts failures and greater mold growth. When a building is closed up to the outside elements and the air conditioner is simply cranked up to mimic a comfortable day, we are subjecting ourselves to a potentially very sick indoor environment.

Our entire company is continuing to get smarter and more advanced in our approaches to maximizing your comfort and health. At every opportunity we are training ourselves and staff to deliver the best solutions for each and every short or long term problem with air conditioning systems. To that end, we will be passing on even more ways for you to improve your systems overall performance.

A checkpoint list that we follow – follows! For those of you who have been loyal maintenance clients you can expect the same expert service and performance testing we have been implementing. For those of you who are on the fence about whether or not to have your equipment maintained and performance checked by us, this information may help. We have compiled a checklist of what the best HVAC contractors in the industry are capable of. It is offered so that you can compare what we offer as compared to other programs available to you.

Quality Maintenance and Performance Verification should include the following:

  • Chemically clean and thoroughly wash condenser coil(s).
  • Thoroughly clean or replace standard air filter(s).
  • Lubricate motor and fan bearings, and other moving parts as necessary.
    Inspect evaporator coil.
  • Clean and inspect condensate drain lines and fittings.
  • Calibrate thermostat.
  • Inspect, tighten, and test all electrical connections, including the disconnect switch.
    Inspect all cooling system electrical wires, connectors, and terminals.
  • Test system starting and running capacity.
    Test all controls, switches, relays, transormers, contactors, motors, and fans.
    Measure starting and running amperes, line voltage, and control voltage.
  • Test for proper airflow and air delivery.
    Perform static pressure duct testing.
  • Inspect and adjust all safety controls.
    Monitor refrigerant pressures and temperatures.
  • Make recommendations for lowering operating costs and improving comfort and performance.
  • Wear protective shoe coverings and keep areas clean.
  • Carry highest level of licensing and insurance for all employees.

As usual we will continue to deliver these to our existing residential clients as well as the appropriate additional steps on the commercial side. As a bonus this spring we wanted to make the process even easier by offering a monthly payment option if that better suits your budget. Pay us for half the cost of the total agreement and we can break up the rest of the cost over the next year by automatic charges to your credit card. If that interests you, either Brenda or your technician can show you your exact monthly cost.
Spring is here and, as always, we will fill up fast. Make sure you get hold of Brenda when you are ready to get your spring maintenance taken care of.

To Download our Maintenance Agreement: Click Here

What can you try before calling us?

Are you currently experiencing a comfort problem or equipment breakdown? Start here to see if any of these most common places to look may be just the ticket to solve your problem

1. Check for power to the equipment:

In our area, the rampant number of power failures and power outages can wreak havoc on your equipment. Be sure to check that the breaker or fuses aren’t tripped into the off position. Also, check the service disconnects for the equipment. If the equipment was running during a power outage or power surge, this is a great place to start.

2. Check the thermostat:

Try switching the settings of the thermostat to see if this is the problem. First, adjust the temperature setting either much higher or much lower than the current setting, and see if that fixes the problem. Also, try switching the system from “Heat or Cool” to “Off,” and then back to “Heat or Cool.” If that doesn’t work, try setting the thermostat to “Fan On” instead of “Auto” and see if the fan works.

The last thing to try is replacing the batteries in the thermostat. Most programmable thermostats, particularly modern models, require batteries—typically two AAs. You should be able to remove the thermostat from the wall and replace the batteries.

3. Check the filtration system:

The No. 1 cause for emergency repairs is neglect and dirt / dust. Be sure that you have recently changed or cleaned your filtration system. This is a very cheap way to keep your equipment operating problem-free.

Check with the manufacturer to find out how often your particular filter should be cleaned or replaced. Typically, 1” disposable filters should be changed every 30 to 60 days. 5” media filters every 3 to 6 months, and electronic air cleaners every 1 to 3 months, depending on the environment.

4. Check the pilot:

Most modern furnaces no longer have standing pilots that need to remain lit. However, this does still occur. Be sure that the pilot is lit in the furnace or hot water heater by looking into the burner section.

NOTE: This can be dangerous in the presence of gas and flame. High winds can easily blow pilots out.

5. Do you see water?

First, you want to isolate the source of the water. Go to the equipment and find out where it’s leaking from. If you can isolate the source of the problem, you can stop the water leak. Turn off the piece of equipment that is causing the leak, either at the controller, switch, or breaker. If you’re seeing water at a boiler or hot water heater, shut off the water supply into the equipment. This should stop the leak until help arrives.

How much does it cost?

Residential Service Call Fees:

Monday – Friday 8:00AM –  4:30PM    =  $  94.50
Monday – Friday 4:30PM – 10:00PM   =  $ 141.75
Monday – Friday 10:30PM – 8:00AM   =  $ 189.00*
Saturday            8:00AM –  4:30PM   =  $ 141.75
Saturday after 4:30, Sunday all day    =  $ 189.00*

*Never applies to maintenance clients

Commercial Service Call Fees:

Monday – Friday 8:00AM –  4:30PM    =  $ 135.00
Monday – Friday 4:30PM – 10:00PM   =  $ 202.50
Monday – Friday 10:30PM – 8:00AM   =  $ 270.00*
Saturday            8:00AM –  4:30PM   =  $ 202.50
Saturday after 4:30, Sunday all day    =  $ 270.00*

*Never applies to maintenance clients

After diagnosing your problem or determining your problem needs some additional investigation our certified technicians will quote you a flat rate fee. This way you know up front what any repairs are required, and what they will cost. No surprises, as we are both on the same page.