Slowly but surely, temperatures are starting to trend upwards, with the start of spring officially here. That said, now is a good time to think about scheduling one very important service for your air conditioner: Maintenance.
Perhaps you think since your air conditioner didn’t have any trouble running last summer, you can skip a tune-up this year. We urge you to reconsider, though. Each year your air conditioner goes without maintenance, it loses efficiency and you increase the risk for sudden repair needs.
Read on as we uncover why annual maintenance is so important to your cooling system.
Professional air conditioning maintenance is something that should be done on a routine basis. For a standard central air conditioner, this means once a year. For a heat pump system, this actually means twice a year, since the system does twice the work.
We do typically recommend this service now, at the beginning of the spring, because it’s before you need your system the most. But consistency matters more than timing. Here’s why:
- Our Summers Don’t Take a Break: While we get some reprieve from heat and humidity during the winter months, we never skip summer. When it hits, it hits hard, and you need your air conditioner to work reliably and powerfully. This is only possible if you take care of the system properly.
- You Could Find Yourself Paying Too Much for Energy: Have you noticed that each year, your utility bills rise exponentially? This is typically a sign that something is causing your air conditioner to work inefficiently, and whatever the cause is can be resolved with maintenance or follow up repairs. Each year you skip maintenance, your AC system loses about 5% of its overall efficiency. But with maintenance it can retain up to 95% of its original efficiency.
- You Might Have Sudden, Emergency AC Breakdowns: The most vital reason to have regular AC maintenance done is that it prevents your system from suddenly shutting down out of nowhere on one of the hottest days of the year. There are plenty of these right around the corner, and we want to help your air conditioner get you through all of them.
- You Can Have Unnecessary Repair Needs: One of the things our technicians do during air conditioner maintenance is thoroughly inspect your system. We’ll look for small repair needs so you can get them managed by a professional right away. Skipping maintenance means missing these small signs, though. And when small repair needs are missed, they can grow into much bigger, and more expensive, problems.
Remember, maintenance is never a “one and done” service. It’s needed each and every year to keep your system in great shape. And it needs to be performed by a trained and experienced technician, such as a member of our team. This will help ensure your system works efficiently, and that you’re able to keep its manufacturer warranty current, among other benefits.