When you hear a recommendation to have air conditioning maintenance done, we understand it can be an easy suggestion to dismiss. Unless something is clearly wrong with your air conditioner—for instance if you’re not getting any cooling on one of the hottest days of the year—you’d likely put off calling in a pro, particularly if things worked “just fine” last season. And yet, similar to maintenance for your vehicle, routine air conditioning and heating maintenance is so important for repair prevention.
As specialists in the HVAC industry, we feel it’s our responsibility to tell you why routine maintenance is so vital to your air conditioner. For more information, reach out to our team and schedule your HVAC maintenance with us ASAP.
More About Maintenance
Air conditioning maintenance is a service offered by most air conditioning contractors, though the level of service may vary. Generally speaking, your technician will have a checklist of things to inspect, test, clean, and adjust on your air conditioner (and heating equipment, if it’s in the winter). To perform this service requires special equipment and a certain expertise—from a trained professional.
During your air conditioner tune-up, a technician may make some adjustment that will help improve the performance of your system. It’s also possible that there are failing components or major issues within the system, and you may have to schedule repair service afterward to repair or replace a component, since maintenance service is meant to be prompt.
What Maintenance Does for Your Comfort and Safety
A big reason to schedule preventive maintenance each year is for your home comfort. Over the years, climate control equipment becomes less and less effective, as the components wear down—like they do in a car or any other system you use on a pretty regular basis.
Maintenance is typically best performed in the spring, before you need your air conditioner the most. This gives you plenty of time to schedule repairs at your own convenience. By tuning up the components, your system runs better, which means your home will be cooled faster and potentially even more accurately.
By managing repair needs right away, rather than waiting for your system to break down entirely, you won’t have to worry so much about a potential breakdown in the middle of severe weather. More importantly, maintenance in general helps in the prevention of potential safety issues, such as a refrigerant leak—refrigerant is the chemical that makes the cooling process possible. But coming into contact with this liquid without the right protection can be harmful.
What Maintenance Does for Your Wallet
Many homeowners decide to schedule maintenance when they find out how much money it can save them. The maintenance service itself will cost you, yes. However, you can offset this investment with the benefits you get from routine maintenance, like:
- Reducing monthly bills with an air conditioner that retains 95% of its efficiency throughout its lifespan.
- Extending the lifespan of your cooling equipment.
- Saving on emergency repairs, since you can schedule repairs on your own time, when you know about a problem early enough.