Maintenance: Keep your system in good shape

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Why it is important for your comfort? During its lifetime it’s only logical to assume your comfort system is going to need an occasional “tune up” along the way. You wouldn’t think of driving your car 100,000 miles without oil changes and some kind of maintenance. The same holds true for your home comfort system. Regular preventive maintenance is the best way to ensure trouble-free operation and peak performance. It also keeps your system running at its optimal efficiency levels, which keeps energy usage, and lowers your energy bills.

What services and how often should this maintenance be performed? Trane recommend you have your Independent Trane Comfort Specialist performs preventive maintenance at least 2 times a year. Service? maintenance agreement may include cleaning indoor and outdoor unit coils, tightening electrical connections, checking supply voltage and operation current, checking refrigerant charge, measuring temperature, cleaning blower and motor, cleaning drain lines and pan, checking ductwork for leaks and insulation and checking thermostat.

What is the average life for air conditioning equipment? The average expected life of an air conditioner is approximately 8-10 years. Units in corrosive environment will tend to have shorter lives but with the proper maintenance all units tend to have a longer life.

How close to the outdoor (condensing) unit should I plant shrubs or flowers? Manufacturers generally agree that plants should not be closer than 18 inches. Air Conditioners need to intake and exhaust air to operate efficiently. If air cannot circulate, the unit could build up heat and require service.