There are many things that make our daily lives more comfortable, although air conditioning is perhaps one of the most important. Your air conditioner not only keeps you cool and stops you from getting too sticky, but it also keeps the humidity levels in your home at reasonable levels. And you may be surprised to learn that your A/C can also help to keep mites, odors and smoke particles out of your home. If you have an air conditioning unit that was manufactured fairly recently, it is probably saving you around 60 percent on your energy bills and is also cooling your home faster and more efficiently than an older model. And you may have an auto adjust temperature capability, built-in stabilizers and an anti-dust filter on your unit if you have a newer model. But to get the best performance from your air conditioning unit, you’ll have to make sure you maintain it regularly.
Why is regular servicing important?
Of course, you want your air conditioner to work perfectly when you most need it to, and that’s one reason why routine maintenance is so important.
You probably don’t realize that your air conditioning unit loses an estimated 5 percent of its efficiency for every year that you don’t have it serviced. Its efficiency will, therefore, be reduced by about 15 percent after just three years, and because of this, it won’t perform as well as it did, especially during hot weather.
Small problems with your A/C unit can easily become bigger and costlier problems; regular maintenance can identify those issues and prevent them from becoming worse.
A lot of that lost efficiency can be recovered if you take the trouble to have your unit serviced regularly; in fact, up to 95 percent of its original efficiency. The lower costs of repair and the lower energy bills will soon be recovered in the cost of the regular maintenance. And your home is dehumidified a lot more efficiently when your air conditioner is in good working order.
How often should you have regular maintenance carried out?
Your air conditioner should be serviced at least once every year, according to the experts at FurnaceUSA, even if it appears to be working well and you don’t have any obvious issues. Remember you’ll need it to perform at its best once the hot weather arrives, and regular maintenance can make sure that happens.
The condensing coils, air filters and other important areas of your unit collect dust and dirt when the unit is running, and it won’t perform as efficiently or cool the house as well as it did once this buildup starts. You can assume your A/C unit will be operating about 5 percent less efficiently if this accumulation isn’t stopped.
You can also potentially save money in the long run by having the condenser washed during a regular maintenance visit. Your unit could fail completely or simply won’t work as it should if the condenser isn’t washed regularly.
And changing your unit’s filter every 30 days is something that every homeowner should be doing; it’s actually one of the easiest yet most effective steps you can take yourself.
How much does it cost for air conditioner servicing?
Servicing your air conditioner should cost you somewhere between $60 and $100 and during the inspection, you can also benefit from having the air filter replaced, and your entire unit cleaned.
You can also expect to have your monthly energy bill about 15 percent lower as a result of having your air conditioner regularly inspected, making the initial cost well worth it. It’s worth comparing the low cost of serving your unit against having to replace it altogether if you don’t bother to have it serviced.
Included in your A/C service should be:
Checking the levels of refrigerant, the motor, blower, coils, drain line, and operating pressure.
Checking the connections and supply lines to ensure everything is connected properly and working as it should.
A trained expert should carry out your air conditioning inspection, and as you can see above, you should ideally schedule this for at least once every year. You can identify any small issues and make sure they don’t become costly larger issues when you take the trouble to have your air conditioner serviced regularly. And of course, regular servicing also means that your unit will work as it should when you need it to, especially during the hottest summer days when you really need the air conditioning on full blast.