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What Happens During an A/C Maintenance Inspection of Your Air Conditioning System

When we talk about inspections it starts with the office. They call to confirm that the customer is home and the approximate arrival time of the technician. When the technician arrives he should be in uniform to identify himself and the company, He then should ask for the location of the equipment and if they are having any particular problem that they can look at during the inspection. Now for the inspection!

  1. He sets the thermostat on cooling or heating depending on the mode of operation they want so they can check out system running conditions. 

  2. Check return air filter or filters, this is based on return air duct design and if they are clogged you can not not get the proper readings needed to diagnose the system.

  3. Wash out outside condenser coil with garden hose. This is done because dirt and grass clippings accumulate on the coil causing blockage to airflow and shorting the life of your equipment.

  4. While disassembling the outside unit, the technician is checking wiring, capacitors, contactors, connections for wear and tear and all around condition of unit, that is any rusting, oil spots that could identify a problem starting.

  5. After he puts the unit back together, he checks the outside disconnect for burnt wiring and poor electrical connections. 

  6. The technician then goes to the inside unit and checks condition of evaporator coil and drain pan for a dirty coil that might have algae build up on it or mold. He also looks for those same conditions in the drain pan. The reasoning for this is that in Florida you have very high humidity and with the cold temperature of the evaporator coil making moisture (condensate) it lends itself to producing mold. Which can cause allergies, eye irritation and possible asthma attacks. He then cleans out the drain line adds algaecide tablets in drain pan to reduce the chance of algae clogging up your drain line.

  7. While unit is open he also checks wiring, capacitor, relays and contactors. Makes sure blower wheel is clean because if it is not clean it reduces air flow shorting the life of your equipment. He then looks for any rusting and oil spots that could identify a problem starting.

  8. After he puts unit back together he checks the inside disconnect for burnt wiring and poor electrical connections.

  9. Now that both sections are together and there isn't anything that we know of restricting air flow we can check the operation of the air conditioning and heating system.

  10. We then check amperages of the compressor and fan motors. The auxiliary heat strip of a Heat Pump, the heat strips of a Straight Cool with Electric Heat. With Gas Furnaces we check ignition, burner, flame, controls and safety controls. With Oil Fired Furnaces we check oil filter, oil pump ignition, flame, controls and safety controls.

  11. Now unit has stabilized we check refrigerant pressures based on refrigerant charts that show what the pressures should be depending on the metering device. Expansion valves we use the sub cooling method and with flow control orifices we use the super heat method.

  12. Now that the unit has been diagnosed a report is filled out with the items checked and any recommendation that would be needed to bring unit up to proper operating condition and provide the most energy efficiency. I hope this helps you in understanding what goes on when you are having your Air Conditioning and Heating system serviced. Have a reputable company service your unit. Ask a friend or relative who has had good service or the BBB or Angie’s List because these are good third party advocates.

Air Masters of Tampa Bay services ALL home AC systems and heat pumps.

When your air conditioning unit breaks down or needs to be replaced, you know that you can count on Airmasters of Tampa to get you back up and running at an honest price and with friendly service…but wouldn't it be better to make sure your AC system is running properly BEFORE it has a problem?

With regular maintenance, your equipment will last longer, perform better, and operate more efficiently - lowering your utility bills.

Service Agreement Benefits

ALL of our service agreement packages provide a discount on labor, in addition to our comprehensive 20-point checklist on your air conditioner's health and performance, which includes:

  1. Refrigerant Charge
  2. Compressor and Fan amps
  3. Condenser coil; rinse if necessary
  4. Contactor Points
  5. Capacitors
  6. Seals of caps and valves
  7. Thermostat operation
  8. Blower Amps
  9. Heating System
  10. Evaporator Coil
  11. Blower Wheel
  12. Electrical connections & wires
  13. Temperature splits
  14. Float switch operation
  15. Filter (change or wash)*
  16. Brush out electrical cabinet
  17. Flush drain line
  18. Vacuum drain pan
  19. Lubricate all moving parts
  20. Overall Performance Analysis

*filter provided by customer

Receive Additional benefits with our
preferred and VIP service plans!

  • Preferred Client Status - no long waiting lists during
    peak repair times
  • 10% Discount on any repairs / 20% Discount for VIP plans
  • Any parts that we replace come with a 3 year parts warranty
    (excluding compressors)
  • No overtime charges should your unit break down in the evenings, weekends or holidays
  • Complete Duct Sanitation procedure discount.
  • Same Day Service calls

Customer Feedback
On behalf of Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church, I would like to offer a letter of commendation to Air Masters of Tampa Bay and particularly those individuals who were directly involved in the replacement of a large portion of our air conditioning system. We discovered Air Masters using an Internet search for commercial air conditioning firms and after meeting with David Horton it became clear that Air Masters was well qualified for the job and offered to do the work at a very reasonable cost.
Michael McDermott, Chair, Board of Trustees PAGBCC
I would like to take this opportunity to commend Air Masters who has been servicing our Cafeteria Refrigeration Equipment at our MetLife Facility in New Tampa. I am very pleased with the performance of your staff, they constantly present themselves with professionalism and a wide range of technical abilities. Their service is timely and they perform the job correctly, the first time!
Simon Ozer - RPA, Cushman and Wakefield of Florida, Inc.
I would like to take this opportunity to commend Air Masters of Tampa Bay, Inc. who has been servicing South Bay Hospital. I'm very pleased with your staff's performance, they consistently present themselves with professionalism and technical expertise. I'm especially pleased with the planning and coordination your service department and you [David Horton] have set forth. Air Masters has proven to be a viable service in maintaining and providing optimal conditions to our customers...
Loren Labrador - LHRM, Director of Plant Operations, South Bay Hospital
I wanted to let you know that Blake Medical Center has been very satisfied with Air Masters service and their positive attitude over the past year. I would like to address two individuals whom I have worked with and that I recommend very highly. I have had many issues over this past year at Blake, and David Horton has always been able to respond and take care of our problems. He is very professional at all times and I am confident of his abilities and will continue to work with him...
Robert Roehl-Assistant Director, Blake Medical Center
I am pleased to recommend David Horton of Air Masters of Tampa Bay, Inc. Bardmoor Outpatient Center currently has Air Masters under contract services and non-contract repairs. David Horton's dedication to our satisfaction is exceptional, from initial request of service or repair, to follow up and completion. I can rely on receiving knowledgeable timely service and professionalism. I look forward to working with Air Masters and specifically David Horton in the future.
James V. - Bardmoor Mechanical Contractor, Baycare Properties
During the week of February 14th, Good Shepherd Hospice had an air conditioning unit installed in our second floor storage and training room area. Both Jason and Matt H. were extremely professional and conscientious. They worked around a training class that was going on in the training room with little or no interruptions to them. After they had done all of the necessary work, they cleaned both rooms. Looking at the rooms, you could not tell that there was any work done in those rooms!
Linda K. - Admin. Asst.to Exec. Dir., Good Shepherd Hospice
Dear Mr. Gonsalves (VP of Air Masters of Tampa), Redeemer Lutheran Church would like to take an opportunity to offer a letter of commendation of the excellent work by Air Masters at our church, especially Jason Reigottie, Terrence Benjamin and Doug Atchey for their oustanding work at our church. We found Air Masters on your informative website and were pleased to have David Horton come to the office. His professional and courteous attitude, expert knowledge, and patience in understanding...
Rev. Dr. Peter Stiller - Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran Church
I would like to take an opportunity to offer formal recommendation for David Horton and Air Masters of Tampa Bay. As the Director for Operational Support for Hyde Park United Methodist, I felt the need to write this note of gratitude. I want to take a moment to commend David Horton and Air Masters on the quality of workmanship, service, and the very knowledgeable and personable employees. I sincerely appreciate the posture of being most concerned with the customer...
Richard J. Howard-Allen, Hyde Park United Methodist
To whom it may concern, Chapters Health System, (formerly HPC Healthcare) with 21 buildings in four counties in Florida uses Air Masters of Tampa Bay almost exclusively for the preventative maintenance and repairs of critical HVAC components and package systems. Healthcare today is a business that requires a tight budget and the ability to stay within financial expectations in order to retain resources for the quality care of patients...
Bill Carlson - CHA, Chapters Health System (formerly HPC Healthcare)
I would like to express my gratitude for the exceptional service I have received from your company and your technicians this past year. Brandon Page and David Lindsey have performed for us at a very high level on every occasion at all of our locations. They have been professional, reliable and very knowledgeable and have always completed their work for us in a timely manner.
Lawrence (Larry) Hollis - Facilities Manager, GTE Federal Credit Union
Over the last 6 months it has been a privilege to work with the employees of Air Masters of Tampa Bay. Air Masters was given the task of cleaning air handler coils and treating my units with antimicrobial products. They will also be assigned to replace two additional coils this year. From the beginning, Mr. David Horton was very professional and contacted us weekly to check on progress and troubleshoot any problems.
Rick J. McKnight, Chief Engineer - Flagler Commercial Real Estate
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