Chances are your air conditioner doesn’t get much of a run through the colder months. That means it’s sitting idle for a good six months of the year. But when summer rolls around, you want it to be ready to fire up and cool you down. And that means maintenance.
While most people don’t think air conditioner servicing is particularly important, we’re here to tell you, it is! And we’re going to tell you why.
Improves Operational Efficiency
Without regular servicing, your air conditioner may not be running at optimal efficiency.
A well-maintained air conditioner does not have to work as hard and therefore uses less power. If parts are failing or in need of a clean, it places pressure on the rest of the system. For instance, a blocked filter or dirty coil can cause a unit to struggle. And while you might not notice this while the unit is running, you will probably start to see increases in your power bills.
Conversely, when an air conditioner is in good condition, it’ll be able to cool a space more quickly while using less power. It will also be able to better control humidity.
Better for your Health
An air conditioner that hasn’t been serviced is likely to be chock full of dust, dirt, bacteria and even creepy crawlies. A poorly maintained air conditioner will circulate these contaminants and seriously affect your home’s air quality.
Poor air quality can make you feel more tired as well as increase your chances of getting sick. It can aggravate allergies and respiratory conditions like asthma and even irritate the eyes and skin.
Even if you don’t have allergies and aren’t affected by the poor air quality, chances are you’ll notice the smell. An air conditioner that needs to be cleaned will generally leave a room smelling musty.
Improves the Lifespan of the System
A properly installed and maintained air conditioner can be expected to last between 10 and 15 years. Given the cost of a high-quality air conditioning system, you may even expect it to last even longer.
The key to a long-lasting air conditioning system is regular maintenance. If you want your air conditioner to reach old age, you simply need to look after it. And this doesn’t take much effort. It’s as simple as making sure it’s routinely serviced and getting it repaired when you notice an issue.
Keeping on top of services will also be a blessing if you ever need to claim a repair or replacement using the system’s warranty. Most manufacturers offer a 1 to 2-year warranty, provided the unit is serviced regularly by a qualified air conditioning technician.
To Prevent Breakdowns in Summer
Air conditioners work their hardest at the height of summer. You know, those 40-degree heat waves where you have to leave your AC unit running all night if you hope to get any sleep. And the last thing you want to deal with is an air conditioner breakdown.
Besides the discomfort of going without air conditioning during the hottest part of the year, repairs can cost more and take longer due to the increased demand.
You can avoid these issues by getting your air conditioner serviced before summer kicks in, while demand for repairs and air conditioning installation is lower.
There’s no downside to getting your air conditioner serviced. However, there are plenty of reasons why it should be a top priority before summer.