Why Your A/C System Needs Regular Maintenance
Like other systems in the average home, there are lots of reasons why AC equipment needs maintenance frequently. Most units perform poorly without proper maintenance. Some even shut down altogether. Think about it-would you run your car without following the recommended service intervals? Well, your HVAC system is a lot like your car. This means it needs regular checkups if it’s going to perform optimally.
Why Schedule An A/C Tune-up?
It’s proven that routinely maintaining an air conditioning system is the best way to minimize the risk of failure throughout the equipment’s life. Most AC experts will tell you, all it takes to keep your cooling system running at full efficiency is just a few steps. Professionals handle these steps during annual tune-ups.
The best time to schedule a service visit is during the spring. However, even if you missed scheduling your annual AC tune-up in the spring, it is not too late. It is not uncommon for homeowners to arrange a professional inspection during the summer. You can still gain all of the benefits of scheduling a tune-up even when the tune-up takes place during the summer season.
Can’t You Do It Yourself?
Keeping your unit clean is one of the simpler (but highly crucial) steps that will ensure your cooling system runs properly. Not many homeowners can comfortably find their way around the average air conditioning systems. Equipment manufacturers recommend professional servicing of their units. A DIY tune-up increases the likelihood of damaging the system. It could also invalidate one’s warranty. This is why you want to schedule a service visit with a professional A/C contractor.
What Does AC Maintenance Involve?
AC maintenance tasks vary depending on the contractor and the specific system in questions. There are several steps that every trained technician follows during a typical tune-up. For instance, the technician will clean the AC’s motor, coils, as well as the rest of the system. They use a special solution to clean the system. Also, they remove all the accumulated dirt in the process. Before hiring a contractor, be sure that their list of tasks include:
- Checking the entire unit for signs of wear and tear (this should include all moving components of your system).
- Checking the drainage system to see if there’s any blockage/leakage. The condensate drain also has to be cleaned and the fluid replaced in the trap.
- Cleaning the system’s condenser coils and evaporator.
- Cleaning/replacing clogged air filters.
- Lubricating all moving components to minimize friction.
- Examining the duct work and bringing any potential problems to your attention.
- Examining the system’s wiring and controls on the thermostat. Potential concerns should also be highlighted here.
- Checking the current levels of fluid and pressure.
Ultimately, you want to have your equipment checked by someone who knows the “tricky” areas. Having a reputable air conditioning professional inspect and service your A/C system will not only keep it running efficiently, but also extend its life as well. This is the best way to save money in the long-run.
On the other hand, a poorly maintained system will cost you money in the form of higher energy bills. There’s also the steep cost you’ll likely pay for emergency repairs. Should matters get so complicated that your unit breaks down permanently, the cost of premature replacement might just be too much to take. Rather than find yourself facing such a reality, why not take a proactive approach with A/C maintenance?
Here are some additional tips that are as equally important as professional care:
Air Conditioner Tune-up Killingworth CT
Surprising as it sounds, it doesn’t take much to spot and correct the common issues known to cause complete air conditioner breakdowns. So get in touch with your service technicians as soon as you can. Even if your unit is relatively new, checking for problems and fixing them early enough can prevent costly failures.
An air conditioner tune-up has many benefits. Be sure to schedule one today if didn’t schedule one during the spring. For a reputable, honest, and trusted HVAC company, contact Wilcox Energy. We have been offering HVAC services since 1955 and since then, we have been providing exceptional services for residents of the CT shoreline and lower CT River Valley. Contact us today to speak with a home comfort specialist about your air conditioning needs.
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