Preventive Maintenance Plans
Your Preventive Maintenance Contract provides you with guaranteed appointments and other free and discounted services. This maintenance contract is for 2 annual inspections of your Air Conditioning and Heating system. This allows for minor issues to be diagnosed and resolved before they can cause a problem during extreme weather, especially in Myrtle Beach. Periodic inspection of your heating and air conditioning system will ensure safe and reliable operation, help maintain the life of the system and keep energy costs manageable.
Hardings AC will perform these heating and air conditioning services during normal working hours (Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).
Hardings AC provides an emergency answering service that operates 24 hours a day. If other AC or Heating repairs are needed between regular visits, you will be billed at a rate less your "PREFERRED CUSTOMER" discount.
Preventive maintenance plans consist of 2 annual inspections of your Air Conditioning and Heating system in the Myrtle Beach area.
Performance Guarantee qualification details: All AC AND HEATING repairs noted by a Hardings AC service technician during service but declined by customer do not qualify. Should the system being serviced fail within thirty days of that service for a reason we did not document, you are not charged the labor to make the repair Hardings AC will repair the AC unit and waive the labor charges and AC diagnostic fees. Non wearable parts, ( AC compressors, AC fan motors, AC evaporator coils and AC condersor coils and any other AC parts related to your specific AC system) are aways the responsiblity of the home owner unless covered by AC manufacture warranty. The Performance Guarantee is not valid on heating and air conditioning systems that are 10 years or older.
We are committed to keeping your heating and air conditioning systems in optimal shape year-round. It doesn't matter what type of HVAC services you need, we have the skills and experience to fix your issues right away. No job is too big or too small for us to handle! . We have a professional team of HVAC repair technicians to address all of your concerns, whether it is AC or Heating problem. We do everything in our power to ensure that your HVAC systems are operating correctly at all times.
Why Perform Maintenance
An air conditioner's filters, coils, and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of cooling and heating service. Neglecting necessary scheduled AC and heating maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance, cooling and heating output, while energy use steadily increases.
Air Conditioner Filters
The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioning and heating system is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system's efficiency significantly. With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the air conditioning filter may carry dirt directly into the AC evaporator coil and impair the AC coil's heat-absorbing/transfering capacity. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5% to 15%.
For central air conditioners, filters are generally located somewhere along the return duct's length. Common filter locations are in walls, ceilings, furnaces, or in the air conditioner itself. Room air conditioners have a filter mounted in the grill that faces into the room.
Some types of AC filters are reusable; others must be replaced. They are available in a variety of types and efficiencies. Clean or replace your air conditioning and heating system's filter or filters every month during the cooling season. AC filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have fur-bearing pets in the house.
Air Conditioner Coils
The air conditioner's evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over their months and years of service. A clean AC filter prevents the evaporator coil from soiling quickly. In time, however, the evaporator coil will still collect dirt. This dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, reducing its ability to absorb heat. To avoid this problem, check your evaporator coil every year and clean it as necessary.
Outdoor condenser coils can also become very dirty if the outdoor environment is dusty or if there is foliage nearby. You can easily see the condenser coil and notice if dirt is collecting on its fins.
You should minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit. Your dryer vents, falling leaves, and lawn mower are all potential sources of dirt and debris. Cleaning the area around the coil, removing any debris, and trimming foliage back at least 2 feet (0.6 meters) allow for adequate airflow around the condenser.
The aluminum fins on evaporator and condenser coils are easily bent and can block airflow through the coil. Air conditioning wholesalers sell a tool called a "fin comb" that will comb these fins back into nearly original condition.
Occasionally pass a stiff wire through the unit's drain channels. Clogged drain channels prevent a unit from reducing humidity, and the resulting excess moisture may discolor walls or carpet.
What is a required for a proper maintenance
When your air conditioner needs more than regular maintenance, hire a professional service technician. A well-trained technician will find and fix problems in your air conditioning system.
The technician should:
- Check for correct amount of refrigerant
- Test for refrigerant leaks using a leak detector
- Capture any refrigerant that must be evacuated from the system, instead of illegally releasing it to the atmosphere
- Check for and seal duct leakage in central systems
- Measure airflow through the evaporator coil
- Verify the correct electric control sequence and make sure that the heating system and cooling system cannot operate simultaneously
- Inspect electric terminals, clean and tighten connections, and apply a non-conductive coating if necessary
- Oil motors and check belts for tightness and wear
- Inspect and test all safety controls
- Inspect and clean condensate drain line
- Calibrate thermostats
- Program thermostats, if needed
- Check air filter
- Evaluate air flow
- Set dampers, if needed
- Inspect and clean condenser and evaporator coils
- Inspect ventilation system
- Inspect and lubricate blower motor
- Inspect and clean starter contacts
- Check and recharge refrigerant, as needed
- Test run capacitors
- Inspect motor bearings
- Test air temperatures
- Tighten electrical connectors
Throughout the maintenance service visit, the HVAC technician inspects all components of your system. The tech takes note of the condition of parts that may require replacement. After the inspection, the technician will provide you with recommendations for caring for your air conditioner and conserving energy while keeping your home comfortable
How does the air conditioning maintenance agreement improve the health of my air conditioning/heating system and my pocketbook?
- Two annual check–ups of your heating and cooling system allow for minor issues to be diagnosed and resolved before they can cause a problem during extreme weather.
- It comes with a one year "warranty" on repairs to the heating / cooling system. If the same part fails within the year, it's at our expense, not yours.*
- Our Performance Guarantee. Once we've turned–up your heating / cooling system, you can rest assured for thirty days. Should it fail for a reason we missed, you won't be charged a cent for labor.
- You receive a discount for repairs. Over time, this deduction will most likely pay for the cost of purchasing the agreement. Plus you will never pay overtime charges for an air conditioner or heating system breakdown after hours.
- You save on system replacement. When it's time to replace your air conditioning system, maintenance agreement members receive a 10% discount.
- Maintenance Agreement Check–Up Scheduling. We'll keep track of your check–ups and contact you to schedule a convenient appointment time.
- Furnace cleaning and safety inspections: September 15th – December 15th
- Spring air conditioner tune up: January 15th – May 15th
*Exception: If a repair is covered under the manufacturer warranty, that warranty applies.