Could it ever be too late for air conditioning maintenance? Well, yes. If your air conditioner has completely broken down to the point that it’s absolutely beyond repair, then it would be too late. Chances are, however, you wouldn’t continue reading this blog post if that were the case. You’d likely be checking out our AC replacement services instead, right?
If you are still reading, it’s probably because you realized, it’s midsummer and you haven’t had your AC professionally inspected yet and you’re wondering if that’s okay. Maybe you’re considering “just skipping it this one time.”
We really want to encourage you not to ever skip a tune-up. Consistency is more important than the time of year you have AC maintenance done, even if we do recommend it be done in the spring before you need your system the most. Read on to learn more about why this AC service is so important.
Maintenance Promotes System Reliability
The biggest advantage of staying on top of your annual AC tune-ups (or biannual, if you have a year-round heat pump system), is that the unit is less likely to suffer from a major operational problem that causes a total breakdown during the summer.
When our technicians thoroughly inspect your air conditioner, we look for parts that need adjusting, cleaning, and even repair or replacement. With a well-maintained air conditioner, you can continue to rely on your cooling system for the rest of the summer and beyond.
Tune-Ups Help System Efficiency
Wear and tear is only natural, especially on a complex system such as your air conditioner. This wear and tear puts strain on the components of your air conditioner, often causing it to run longer than it should have to in order to cool your home effectively.
When an air conditioner runs longer or takes longer than necessary to shut off, it wastes more energy than it should. Maintenance helps it save energy–and therefore promotes improved efficiency.
Maintenance Extends System Lifespan
Did you know that the average air conditioner is designed to last about 10–15 years? At least, this is the case if the system is adequately maintained and tuned-up.
Annual inspections and cleaning help your AC system give you the best return on investment by actually lasting its entire lifespan, rather than breaking down on you halfway there.
Tune-Ups Lead to Fewer Repair Needs
How often do you need air conditioning repairs? We hope your answer is as low as “once or twice every couple of years.” This is normal! What’s not normal is needing 2–3 repairs per year. This is what can happen, however, if you don’t keep up on your maintenance appointments.
It’s also worth noting here that even if your system is well maintained, an air conditioner that needs 2–3 repairs per year is probably about to fail. Now would be a good time to start considering a replacement or upgrade if this is the case!