With the crazy winter we just experienced, it’s hard to imagine that it’s almost time to start thinking about our cooling systems. But you know as well as we do that when it does get hot in our area, it gets hot fast, and you need a fully functional and reliable cooling system to keep you comfortable and healthy all summer long. So, if you’ve had your air conditioner for a year or longer, no, it’s not too early to tune it up!
Properly maintaining your air conditioner on a regular basis will help it to work as efficiently as possible, costing you less money to run it every month. Plus, maintenance helps prevent problems that can shorten its lifespan and/or leave you with expensive repair bills. Read on to learn more!
The Power of Professional Maintenance
Have you ever had maintenance done for your central air conditioner? If not, you may not know much about it—or even if so, you may not really understand why it’s so important.
Maintenance is what allows our professionals to comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust the components of your air conditioner to ensure it’s working as effectively and efficiently as possible. All the interior components are cleaned, and we check everything for signs of disrepair.
The benefit of this is if we do find a need for repair, we can alert you to it right away, so you can get those repairs on your schedule without waiting for them to grow into bigger emergencies—potentially even an air conditioner breakdown.
“When Is the Best Time for Maintenance?”
Like we alluded to above, it’s never too early for maintenance. Ideally speaking, we suggest you have maintenance done in the early spring, before you need the system the most. This gives you the best chance of being able to get ahead of any repair needs your system may have, and it’s convenient when it comes to scheduling.
If you wait until temperatures are already rising and you’re using your air conditioner on a daily basis, then you may not be able to get a tune-up when you want one, since HVAC technicians are usually pretty busy with emergency repair calls by the time summer rolls around.
All that said, consistency is more important than timing, for your air conditioner. No matter what time of the year you schedule this service, it should be done once a year. If you have a heat pump system that you’re using for both your cooling and heating needs, then you should have maintenance done twice a year, since heat pumps do twice the work as a traditional air conditioner or heating system. These routine tune-ups will improve your comfort and the comfort of your family. Without maintenance, air conditioners start losing efficiency over the years. In fact, it’s estimated that an air conditioner loses 5% of its overall efficiency each year it goes without maintenance, but with maintenance, it can retain 95% of its original efficiency.