Why You Should Get Your Air Conditioner Checked Before Summer Starts

Spring is approaching, and with it comes warmer temperatures. Many homeowners are used to turning on their air conditioning unit without cleaning, inspecting, or doing any maintenance on it. This is a big mistake because running this important home appliance without taking care of it could have these two consequences. First, it might run inefficiently, which costs you more money to operate your air conditioning unit. Second, your unit could become damaged. If you maintain your HVAC system and have it inspected yearly, then you will be able to cool your home efficiently and economically.

Air Conditioner Maintenance

The average amount of money spent on air conditioner repairs is $350. It is much less expensive to clean and maintain your unit yearly. If you don’t do this maintenance, the efficient operation of your AC system drops 5% each year. Think about the fact that after six years, your air conditioning unit will only be operating at 70% of its total efficiency.

Depending on the installation and maintenance conditions, an air conditioner has a lifespan of 10 to 20 years. If you maintain your unit, and have it checked by a professional at least once a year, then your chances of having it last longer go up. One simple task such as changing the air filter every three months can extend the life of your AC unit.

What is Covered in an Air Conditioner Tune Up

The following points are usually covered by your HVAC professional during an AC tune up:

  • They clean and tighten electrical connections
  • Condenser coils are inspected and cleaned
  • Refrigerant levels are checked, and more is added if the levels are low
  • Filters are checked (and replaced if needed)
  • Your thermostat’s batteries are checked and it is tested for efficient operation
  • Condensation lines and connections are checked for plugs and leaks
  • Motors are tested by performing an amp draw

When a problem is found, the professional will fix it or discuss the repair with you. It is best to have this done in the spring to head off any problems before the heat of summer hits. One of the busiest times of year for HVAC professionals is during the summer when air conditioning units stop working. There is less stress for you and the professional to discover problems with your air conditioning before you need cooler air because of the summer heat.

About the author: Mikalah is a guest contributor from North Winds Heating & Cooling, an HVAC company based in Lansing, Michigan.

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