Regular maintenance helps your unit's efficiency. As in any mechanical system, maintenance can help prevent costly breakdowns and make the unit last longer and we recommend a yearly maintenance appointment. Okanagan Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd's licenced, bonded and insured technicians are professionally trained to conduct a very thorough 17-point check, which combines tune-up, safety check and cleaning of your central air conditioning system.
Air Conditioner and your Dog:
Dog urine contains chemicals that eat away aluminium and can ruin your air conditioner. Unfortunately, many air conditioner fins and coils are coated in this metal, and with time the fins become dust and the coils begin to leak. The refrigerant will leak out, and within a matter of hours or days the system could be emptied. When this happens to your unit, you run the risk of burning out the condenser, and the holes created by the urine are often enough to destroy the unit completely. This entire process could occur within about a year's time, and once damage has reached this magnitude, replacement is really the only option. If you find this an issue at your home, you should put some protective boundaries in place, such as fencing, around the condensing unit.
**If you use an Air conditioning cover in the winter, be sure to remove it before starting your unit.**
HVAC SYSTEM CHECKLIST
Being mindful of your system's maintenance is important to you and your serviceman. Determining the difference between maintenance and service is relatively simple and saves you time and money! Maintenance is virtually an “oil change” for your home heating and cooling equipment. This keeps everything operating at prime levels. This is a simple annual tune-up and cleaning of your equipment. So if everything is in working order and just needs a fine tuning, MAINTENANCE is where it's at.
Service/Diagnostic involves repair when a unit is not working properly, not working at all, or is experiencing anything out of the normal daily functions.
Sometimes it's the things we least expect. A few simple steps can help your wallet!