With temperatures already beginning to warm up, the time to start thinking about our air conditioning systems is now. In order to prepare your system for spring, there are a few tasks you can do on your own. For instance, you should be changing your air filter every 1-3 months depending on the level contaminants in your home to protect your HVAC systems. You should also make sure both the outdoor unit and the indoor vents are unobstructed.
These are tasks that will help your air conditioner perform well this season, but what about preventing problems? For that, you need something a little more—professional air conditioning maintenance.
The Benefits of Professional AC Maintenance
One of the most common questions our team gets about AC maintenance is if it’s really necessary to schedule each and every year. “Can’t I skip it just this once?” No, skipping maintenance service would be doing your air conditioner a disservice. Skipping an important appointment like this will certainly lead to operational problems later on. Keep reading for the numerous advantages of keeping up with a good professional maintenance program.
- Your System Will Perform More Reliably: Perhaps the biggest benefits of annual AC maintenance is an AC system that’s a lot less likely to suffer from a major operational failure over the hotter months when you need it the most. During inspection, our professional technicians will locate areas where wear on the system can lead to breakdowns. We’ll also make any necessary adjustments and cleaning to further remove potential problems. So long as your cooling system is properly maintained, you can enter summer with the confidence that you’ll be able to stay cool and comfortable all season long.
- Your System Will Be More Efficient: The accumulation of wear and tear on your cooling system creates more strain on its internal components, especially the blower motor. This creates higher energy bills as the system tries to overcome the extra stress. If an air conditioner has annual maintenance, it should retain about 95% of its efficiency rating during its service life.
- Your System Will Last Longer: Now that we mention it—service life, that is—most air conditioners should last between 10-15 years before it requires replacement. But this can only stand true if the system is regularly maintained. Annual inspections and tune-ups (or biannual, if you have a heat pump system), will give you the best return on investment on your air conditioning system.
- Fewer Repair Needs: Chances are, you’d rather not spend extra money each year to have your air conditioner repaired if you don’t need too! About 85% of the repairs an air conditioner might need during its service life are actually preventable, thanks to professional maintenance inspections that help our technicians catch problems early on, which means huge savings for you. Of course, it’s important that if you are alerted to repair needs during maintenance, that you get them on your schedule right away, both for your convenience and also to make sure that those needs don’t get worse the longer you delay repairs.