It is certainly possible for a homeowner to perform his own inspection, however allowing an experienced and licensed air conditioning service professional to conduct the inspection for you has several key advantages.
- A professional who has experience with variations in temperature control throughout a home might have a hunch as to what the problem is without the need to spend hours upon billable hours performing tests in your home.
- An experienced professional will not just be able to quickly identify the problem for you but he will also be able to provide you with a quick recommendation as to the most cost effective methods of remedying the problem.
It is important that you remedy the situation as soon as you are able to as an inefficient air conditioning system could be costing you a significant amount of money on your monthly utility bills.
The Air Conditioning Temperature Inspection Process
It could be greatly beneficial to have an idea as to what the inspection process will entail so that you are not surprised by any of the steps that your service professional takes during his visit to your home.
- In order to perfect a temperature inspection test, the temperature outside of your home should be at least 65 degrees for at least 2 days. Any air conditioning professional will tell you that turning your AC on when the outside temperature is below 65 degrees could prove to be damaging to the systems compressor.
- Your air conditioners thermostat should be set to auto and then lowered to a temperature below the current room temperature. As a general rule of thumb, you should set your thermostat to between 76 and 79 degrees during the summer months.
- You should hear your air conditioners outside unit kick on within 30 seconds of adjusting the temperature.
- Your service professional will allow your air conditioning system to run for at least ten minutes in order to balance the ductwork temperature. He will also check the temperatures at both the return and the supply vents.
- If he detects a differential in the temperature is greater than 20 degrees, it will be indicative of a restriction in the air flow. This could be caused by one of several potential problems including a problem with the systems fan, a problem with the ductwork, or a filter that needs to be replaced.
- On the other hand, if there is a temperature differential of less than 14 degrees your problems could be as a result of a dirty system coil or a loss of refrigerant.
It is also that your air conditioning temperature inspection turns up a much more serious problem like a refrigerant leak that needs to be repaired, or a failure in the compressor which would require that it be replaced. If you have questions about restricted airflow, or any of the other potential problems that you could encounter be sure to ask your service professional for more information.