You visit the doctor for an annual check-up. But what about your HVAC system? Obviously, your air conditioner doesn't need to see a medical doctor. Instead, it needs pre-season or regular maintenance from an HVAC pro.
Regular air conditioner service is a preventative measure that can save you time, money, and aggravation in the long-run. Understanding its importance is key to making sure that your AC runs smoothly now and in the future.
Before you skip a service call or think that you can miss an annual maintenance appointment or two, take a look at how regular AC check-ups and cleanings can help your system, your home, and your wallet.
A dirty, clogged air conditioner has to work harder to push the cool air through to you. The harder it works, the more energy it uses. And that means higher energy bills. Something as simple as switching out a clogged air filter with a new one can reduce the AC's energy use by between 5% and 15%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Regular service does two things for your AC system. The first is preventative maintenance. Making sure that all the parts of your system are working (including replacing worn parts or ones that are wearing down), lightens the load and increases the energy efficiency as a whole.
The second piece to the service-energy efficiency puzzle is a professional-level cleaning. Along with replacing or cleaning the air filter, the HVAC tech will make sure that the rest of debris don't clog the rest of your system.
Longer Life Span
The average central air conditioning system has a lifespan of 7 to 15 years. Letting it run without regular service may put it on the lower end of the life span spectrum. Parts will wear, minor repair issues will become major, and your air conditioner will likely break down before it should.
Not only does regular maintenance give your AC system a fighting chance when it comes to repairs for seemingly small issues (that could get serious if you do not repair them quickly), but it also lightens the workload. Again, a clean, well-maintained system needs to use less force to cool your home effectively. Along with reducing energy consumption, this can also extend your system's life.
The warranty that comes with your home's AC system is a major selling point. You want the peace of mind in knowing that if something were to break, wear out, or in some other way malfunction, you wouldn't have to pay for it.
Air conditioner warranties offer homeowners the ability to get no- or low-cost fixes for some mechanical (and possibly workmanship) problems that happen within a specified time period. But if your warranty includes a regular maintenance clause, skipping service may invalidate it.
This means the manufacturer or another warranty issuer won't pay for the repairs if you make no effort to service your system regularly. If your air conditioner's manufacturer requires proof of service, you'll need to provide maintenance records from a reputable HVAC company.
Fewer Unexpected Repairs
Your air conditioner seems like it's working well. That is until it isn't. It's the hottest day of the year, and suddenly the air coming out of the vents is warm, or your system suddenly shuts down.
No one wants to get stuck with a malfunctioning air conditioner. Regular service can prevent these types of issues. By making sure that your air conditioner is working properly, the technician can spot problems before they get to the point of a total shut-down. This allows you to schedule the minor repairs and replacements that help you to avoid the major ones.Is it time to schedule a maintenance check-up for your air conditioner? Contact Matthew Roberts Incorporated today.