You probably don’t think very much about air conditioning maintenance, but the truth is that it’s an absolutely essential service to keep your cooling system functioning as efficiently and effectively as possible.
For a conventional central air conditioning system, you should invest in this service once a year. If you have a heat pump model system, this means it goes through twice the work each year, and therefore needs twice the tune-ups–maintenance every 6 months.
Reduce Repair Needs
Did you know that investing in annual maintenance for your air conditioner can help prevent up to 85% of the repairs that your air conditioner might ever need in its useful service life?
The reason for this is because during maintenance, our technicians thoroughly inspect, adjust, and clean the components that need it. During inspection, we look for signs of wear-and-tear. This could include, for example, worn down motor bearings or even a fan belt that’s becoming loose.
From there we can either make adjustments or alert you to the need for scheduling repairs, meaning we’ve just prevented a very small and minor repair need from having a domino effect within your system and causing much bigger problems, such as a failed motor.
Boost System Efficiency
Your air conditioner comes “assigned” with an efficiency rating. This is called the system’s SEER–which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient your air conditioner is.
However, skipping maintenance can cause your system to lose efficiency. In fact, for every year your system goes without maintenance, it can lose about 5% of its efficiency. With maintenance, however, your system can retain up to 95% of that original SEER rating!
No air conditioner lasts forever, of course. But when professionally installed, your system can be expected to have a useful service life of about 10-15 years, with maintenance. When an air conditioner is kept well-adjusted and cleaned with professional maintenance, it helps it operate better and fend off wear-and-tear longer.
Without maintenance, you can expect that useful service life to get cut in half, meaning it may only last 5-7 years.
When we talk about useful service life, we’re talking about how long your air conditioner can go providing you with reliable cooling at the temperature setting you have on your thermostat. Just because a system can still run without routine professional maintenance, doesn’t mean it will run well.
Keep the Warranty Current
All air conditioners come with a manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty is usually good for about 10 years, and financially protects you if your air conditioner has a repair need or breaks down due to a manufacturer defect.
However, most warranties only apply on the condition that your system is professionally serviced, which absolutely includes maintenance. Fortunately, you needn’t look to far to get that maintenance!
Our professionals provide comprehensive inspections and tune ups to keep your air conditioner and heating systems in great shape. We look forward to serving you.