Air Conditioning Preventative Maintenance

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Now that summer is upon us once more, you will likely be relying heavily on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable. Considering the important role your home’s AC plays during the summer, it is critical that you take care of your air conditioner and have it serviced regularly.

Yet, while most homeowners know that it is recommended that they have preventative maintenance performed on their air conditioner annually, it is not uncommon for many homeowners to forgo their annual HVAC service either to save money, or due to the fact that they do not think maintenance is necessary if their system appears to be working fine. However, preventative AC maintenance is critical in order to ensure proper operation.

If you have a habit of skipping your annual AC tune-up, here are just a few of the reasons why it is so important to have your system serviced regularly.

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Prevent Breakdowns

Perhaps the most important reason to have your air conditioner serviced regularly is to prevent unexpected breakdowns. With the heat of summer bearing down on your home, the last thing you will need is for your air conditioner to break down on you during the middle of the day.

However, this is a real possibility without the proper maintenance to keep your system running properly. Preventative maintenance will help to reduce the likelihood of a catastrophic failure as not only will all major components have been serviced recently, but also, an HVAC technician can often spot and repair potential problems during their inspection before a breakdown has a chance to occur, helping to ensure that your air conditioner is able to keep up with heavy demands throughout the summer.

Extend Your Air Conditioner’s Life

Not only can preventative maintenance prevent breakdowns, but it can also help to extend the life of your air conditioner as well. While air conditioners are generally said to last around 15 years, the fact is that your system’s longevity will depend entirely on how well it is taken care of.

When an air conditioner is not properly serviced, and cleaned, regularly, this puts an unnecessary strain on the system’s components. In fact, while an air conditioner that has not been properly cared may not last half as long as its predicted life-expectancy, a system that has been serviced regularly may continue to reliably cool a home well past the 15-year mark.

Thusly, while many people see annual AC maintenance as an unnecessary hassle and expense, it should really be viewed as an investment in the future of your home.

Save Money on AC Repairs & Replacement

Not only can preventative AC maintenance be seen as an investment, but it can actually save you money in the long-run. By extending the life of your HVAC system, regular maintenance can end up saving you a lot on AC replacement costs during the time you live in your home.

Additionally, preventative repairs can not only prevent breakdowns, but they can also save money due to the fact that catching problems early can reduce the frequency, and cost, of major repairs.

Homeowners who have their air conditioner serviced annually also stand to save substantially on their utility bills due to reduced energy consumption. What many homeowners do not realize is that dirty, unmaintained HVAC systems will need to work as much as 20 percent harder to cool a home. Regular maintenance then drastically improves the energy-efficiency of AC systems, helping to reduce energy use. Improved efficiency also means less wear-and-tear on major components, further reducing the frequency and cost of major repairs.

It May be Required

There is often a misconception that regular maintenance is only necessary for older air conditioners, and is not needed if a system is new. However, if your system was just installed in the last few years, it is just as critical that you have your system serviced regularly in order to maintain your warranty. In the event that something goes wrong with your air conditioner, a part or component may still be covered under your warranty if your system is relatively new. However, some manufacturers void a warranty if the system has not been properly maintained, making regular tune-ups critical no matter how old your system is.

Improve Indoor Air Quality

One reason to have your HVAC system serviced regularly is that doing can help to improve the air quality in your home. What many people may not realize is the extent to which a dirty HVAC system can affect their home’s air quality and the health of its inhabitants. However, the fact is that when an air conditioner is not maintained, dust, dirt, pollen, and even mold, can collect in your system and be distributed throughout your home when your air conditioner is running. This can lead to allergies, increased asthma symptoms, and it can even cause flu-like symptoms in otherwise healthy people. Regular air conditioning service will help to ensure that your air conditioner and ductwork stay clean, which will ensure that you and your family are able to breathe easy year-round.

Ensure Your Comfort

Having your air conditioning system serviced annually is also the best way to ensure your comfort during the hot summer months. The fact is that a system that is not maintained properly may slowly lose its ability to properly cool your home. However, during an annual air conditioning tune-up, an experienced HVAC technician will not only inspect your system to make sure that everything is working properly, but they will test your system to ensure that it is cooling your home properly, that it is distributing air evenly throughout your home, and that the airflow is unrestricted. This will help to ensure that your air conditioner will be able to keep you and your family comfortable in the weeks to come.

While your home’s air conditioner plays an important role in keeping your home comfortable during the summer months, it is often easy to forget to take care of it properly. However, having regular preventative maintenance performed on your air conditioner is critical in order to ensure it is able to properly cool your home for many years to come. Contact us to learn more about the importance of preventative air conditioning maintenance as well as to learn about recommended maintenance timetables for HVAC systems.