When you live in a climate such as ours, it’s not only recommended that you have a powerful and efficiently operating air conditioner; it’s absolutely vital that you have one. Why? Because without a great AC system, not only will your home not be comfortable, but it can cause health problems–especially for kids or older individuals.
So, how do you ensure that your cooling system is, in fact, powerful and efficient?
It starts with professional installation. Only a trained and experienced HVAC technician has the knowledge it takes to conduct a successful AC installation. Beyond installation, you should make sure that you’re having your air conditioner professionally maintained on a routine basis, and following up on repairs as needed.
Why is maintenance such an important AC service, and why should you schedule it now? Read on to find out!
You’ll Experience Fewer Repair Needs
Did you know that routine maintenance can help you avoid up to 85% of the repair needs your air conditioner might ever need in its lifespan? Wondering how this works?
Consider this–a very common wear and tear item for air conditioners is worn-down motor bearings. Your fan and blower motors both require bearings, and these bearings have to be lubricated to prevent friction. When this lubrication wears down and friction increases, it can lead to the motors overheating and your air conditioner breaking down–thus you have a much bigger and more expensive repair need on your hands.
But since this is one of the many things we check during maintenance, we can get ahead of it for you, and you won’t have to worry about excessive repair needs.
Your System Will Last Longer
When we talk about an air conditioner’s “lifespan” what we are really referring to is a system’s useful service life. When well-maintained, your air conditioner has a useful service life of about 10-15 years. Without maintenance, on the other hand, you can expect that useful service life to be cut in half.
This means in less time, your air conditioner will start to succumb to the effects of wear and tear, needing repairs frequently and working inefficiently.
You’ll Boost Energy Efficiency
All air conditioners have an energy efficiency rating called SEER. SEER stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio” and defines the maximum efficiency rating the system can reach. Maintenance protects your air conditioner’s efficiency rating and can enable it to keep about 95% of that original SEER rating throughout its entire lifespan.
For every year that professional maintenance is skipped, however, you can expect the system to lose about 5% of its original efficiency rating.
You’ll Keep the Warranty Current
Did you know that most manufacturers’ warranties for air conditioners only stay current if you have professional maintenance done in the timeframe defined by the warranty (typically once a year–unless it’s a heat pump then it will be twice a year).
This means that if you skip maintenance, you’ll be on the hook for repairs, even if they were due to a manufacturer defect.