Temperatures tend to stay pretty cool in our area, but if you’ve lived here for very long you know we can be surprised by some fairly hot days in the summertime! Is your air conditioner ready for this change in the weather?
Now is the best time of the year to schedule your air conditioner’s annual maintenance session—or biannual, if you have a year-round heat pump system.
There are a few maintenance tasks you can complete on your own, like swapping out your air filter every 1-3 months and clearing away any obstructions around the outdoor unit. But a full inspection that includes adjusting and cleaning the interior of your air conditioner should be left to the pros.
The Benefits of Professional AC Maintenance
One of the most common questions we get in regards to air conditioning maintenance is, “Do I really have to get it done every year?”
The short answer is yes.
Now, we do usually recommend springtime for this service, since this is before your system’s heaviest period of use. But what’s more important than timing is consistency. That is, it doesn’t matter when you have your maintenance done, so long as it’s done once a year. This isn’t a luxury service but rather a required preventive measure you should take in order to ensure the efficiency, longevity, and functionality of your cooling system.
Skipping your yearly maintenance session puts your air conditioner at a higher risk of operational problems and even potential premature breakdown. Read on to learn more about the various benefits of this service.
As we alluded to above, the biggest benefit of annual air conditioning maintenance is that you’ll have a system that’s less likely to suffer a huge operational emergency over summer. Comprehensive system inspections by our HVAC pros will uncover areas where stress on your AC system could easily lead to breakdowns, and cleaning helps remove potential functionality problems.
The accumulation of natural wear and tear over the years creates more strain than necessary on the interior components of your air conditioner. This is particularly true for the blower motor component.
This results in increased energy bills since the system will try to overcome and compensate for the added strain. By keeping up on your routine AC tune-ups, you’ll help your system retain 95% of its efficiency rating throughout its entire service life.
A well-maintained air conditioner should reasonably last between 10-15 years, depending on the manufacturer and the type of AC system. Without maintenance, wear and tear can hurt your system’s compressor, which is essentially the heart of your cooling system. If the compressor fails, it almost always requires a full system replacement.
Annual system tune-ups and inspections will help your AC system give you the best return on your initial investment since it will last as long as possible before requiring replacement.
Maintenance ensures that your cooling system will be ready for summer and able to perform at its best each and every year.