Regular maintenance is an important part of homeownership, and while it does come at a cost, it can pay for itself in most cases. This is especially true when it comes to air conditioner maintenance. The cleaner and more efficient your system, the less money you will spend on energy bills and repairs. In our most recent blog, the HVAC professionals at Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric discuss the top five reasons you should never procrastinate when it comes to home air conditioning maintenance.
During the hot summer months, an air conditioner failure can lead to health risks, especially when temperatures rise above 90 degrees. What’s more, a system that has not been properly maintained may create a fire hazard. Moving parts must be lubricated regularly to reduce friction and keep things moving freely. Failure to do this can result in a buildup of friction, and if that friction becomes significant, it could spark a fire. If it has been more than a year since your system has been serviced, it is time to contact an HVAC contractor as soon as possible. You will sleep easier at night knowing you have an air conditioning system that has been properly taken care of.
No one wants to spend money on expensive repairs. However, failing to properly service your HVAC system can lead to that very thing. During your service call, the contractor will look over all the various parts of your air conditioning unit, including not only the furnace or air handler (the half of the system inside your home), but also the condenser unit (the part outside your house), the thermostat, and the ducts if they are accessible.
If there are problems with these things, or if they are dirty, this can increase your energy bills and lead to expensive repairs. Heating, air conditioning, and indoor air quality technicians can find potential problems early on and address them, and this could potentially save you thousands of dollars – the cost of a new air conditioner. The relatively inexpensive cost of an air conditioner tune up is well worth it in the end.
An air conditioner that has not been properly maintained throughout its life may seem as if it functions properly. Your family may stay cool all summer long without issue. However, studies have shown that a dirty HVAC system that has not been maintained can increase your energy consumption by 5%. If a component is not working as it should, even when you cannot notice it, this can drive up your consumption even more. When you schedule air conditioner maintenance now, you will be doing your part to conserve energy throughout the summer months.
Your time is even more valuable than your money, and this is yet another reason you should not procrastinate when it comes to annual HVAC maintenance. Scheduling this service in early spring allows you to schedule your appointment on your time. Waiting until summer can be problematic. During this time of the year, HVAC contractors are swamped with emergency calls. You may be forced to wait for your repairs, or your call may be rescheduled to make room for emergency calls.
Finally, one of the absolute best reasons to schedule your HVAC maintenance right away involves learning more about your air conditioning system. Not only will your contractor discuss any problems that may be present, but he or she will also give you information about your system and answer any questions you might have. You can learn more about the best way to set your thermostat, the best filters for your system, and even when to call a professional technician for more help.
Waiting to schedule annual maintenance for your air conditioner may save money now, but in the end, it could end up costing you a great deal. Call today to schedule your maintenance, and you can rest easy throughout the summer knowing your system will continue to serve you well.
Ravinia Plumbing has been in business since 1928, and we’ve made a name for ourselves as one of the most trusted and reliable heating and cooling companies in Chicagoland. For complete cooling services, including an air conditioning tune up, contact Ravinia Plumbing today.