Maintaining AC systems can help keep long-term costs down for your household. Regular AC maintenance is just like going to the doctor for your annual physical. In other words, this preventive measure helps monitor the health of your equipment. It also helps to diagnose issues before they get out of hand. Here are three reasons why regular air conditioner maintenance can save you money and a lot of hassle in the long run.
1) Address Minor Issues
Many maintenance issues that arise from air conditioners are the result of neglecting to address minor issues as they pop up. Unfortunately, homeowners can sometimes find this out the hard way. For example, if air filters aren’t being replaced appropriately, evaporator coils are left to corrode, or faulty wires remain exposed, these can all lead to major consequences. Furthermore, failing to resolve any or all of these problems can lead to costly repairs. Also, it can lead to having to replace your air conditioning unit.
When you schedule air conditioner maintenance, a technician can diagnose these minor issues before they snowball. If you forget to replace your air filter monthly, particulates can clog up different parts of your air conditioner. In some cases, you only need to clean the parts to resolve the issue. Other cases, however, call for parts replacement to repair the air conditioner.
Eroding evaporator coils can lead to even more serious concerns. These coils contain a gas called Freon, which is a refrigerant. If an evaporator coil erodes enough, it can cause the Freon to leak. This issue can cause the evaporator coils to freeze, rendering your air conditioner ineffective. In the hot, Hawaiian heat, this often leads to an emergency service call.
2) Prevent Emergency Service Calls
Having to make an emergency service call for any appliance is annoying, but needing one for your air conditioner is particularly inconvenient. Sometimes an emergency call comes as the result of a suspicious noise or smell that causes you to turn off your air conditioner for safety reasons, and sometimes it’s because of a full on breakdown. In the middle of the summer, either of these scenarios is considerably alarming.
When you schedule AC maintenance, a technician thoroughly inspects your air conditioner. During this inspection, the technician can identify components of your machine that are damaged, near the end of their lifespan, or otherwise not in the best shape. Technicians keep common components and tools with them. As a result, a tech can replace or repair many of these components on the spot. Thus, regular maintenance prevents these damaged and old components from leading to an emergency service call because they are caught in time.
3) Extend The Lifespan Of Your AC Unit
The replacement and Installation of a new AC system costs thousands of dollars. With an investment like that, it’s in your best interest to get your money’s worth. In most cases, this looks like being able to use the same HVAC unit for 10-15 years or longer. To get that much use out of your air conditioner requires regular maintenance. Without AC maintenance, your air conditioner can break down much sooner, leaving you to prematurely foot the bill for the installation of a new unit.
Island Comfort provides a suite of services, including a comprehensive tune-up that maintains the efficient operation of your air conditioner. This 32-point tune-up can help you prevent minor issues from becoming major problems, prevent emergency services calls, and extend the lifespan of your air conditioner. Call Island Comfort today to schedule your maintenance appointment!