Timing Proper Air Conditioner Maintenance
Your air conditioner is one of the most important appliances in your home. You can live without a microwave or a dishwasher, but even a week without your HVAC working like it should will leave you desperate for a service call. The only way to mitigate this is to stop it before it happens with regular maintenance. It’s in your best interest anyway, you’ll have cleaner indoor air, validated warranties on your equipment, and most importantly: lower energy bills!
But, that begs the question; how often does my HVAC system need to be maintenanced? You have to find the balance between too much and too little, or else you’ll just be bleeding money.
The Basics of Air Conditioner Maintenance
To keep your air conditioning system running optimally, we recommend that you have it serviced annually. It’s a small investment, but will keep some extra money in your pocket, so that makes it all worth it, right? And that goes double when you think about how much a new AC unit costs. Remember, an AC system that is working harder has a shorter lifespan, and thusly will use more energy. Annual maintenance can extend their life by several years, and it’ll save you around 15% a month on your energy bills!
Well, what’s the harm in skipping a year of maintenance, you might wonder? Maybe you’ll save money in the short term, but you’re taking a huge risk that your system might need some really hefty repairs, or worse yet, full-blown replacement. Now imagine all of that during some of the hottest days of the year! That’s when our poor units are working the hardest, and are most likely to go out. Getting an AC technician to come out and service your unit will be a lot harder than you think.
Top Four Reasons Why We Recommend Annual AC Tune-Ups
One) Lower your energy bills AND your carbon footprint
When you neglect your air conditioning system’s health, you’re paying for it in a lack of efficiency. You do that, and you’ll start to notice your energy bills climbing before your very eyes. Excessive consumption of energy effects not only you, but the environment too. If you aren’t willing to do it for yourself, do it for the planet!
Two) By spending a little bit of money now, you can keep your warranties and keep yourself from spending more later
A cooling system will last you around ten to fifteen years, but without maintenance of your system scheduled regularly, you run the risk of voiding your warranties. Over time, your coils will become marred with dust, dirt, and all kinds of things that are terrible to breathe in, which will make them inefficient. This will mean that your AC will have to run longer, which will lower your unit’s lifespan.
The vast majority of air conditioner manufacturing companies will require annual maintenance if you want to keep their warranty valid. They might even require documented yearly maintenance from an HVAC professional, and that’s where we come in!
Three) Shed your worries of your AC breaking down at the worst time
Every day you go without taking care of your air unit, is another day you run the risk of something breaking and costing you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Not changing the filter, leaving the coils dirty, and having your unit blocked will put strain on the machine, taking years off of its life.
Over time, you’ll find that your electrical connections will become dangerously loose, leading to unsafe operation of your system and a quicker death.
Four) Keep your family safe, and your indoor air clean
Regular maintenance will keep you informed on issues with your machine, like damaged wiring and overheating parts. These are two huge causes for house fires, and doing just a little bit of work can make a huge difference.
Getting your unit regularly repaired and clean will keep it free from mold and nasty bacteria, which will mean less random illnesses for you and your loved ones. When you change your air filter, you’re removing these harmful particles from the air and keeping your family safe.
Should you still commit to air conditioner maintenance if it’s running fine?
You might think it’s no big deal, but this is a serious matter! No matter what, if it’s been a year since your last maintenance call, you need to get a professional out for service. That’s where you can leave it to us at Florida Air Express. We’ll come get rid of mold, tune up your unit, and make sure all dangers are mitigated. We’re happy to help!