For many homeowners, the air conditioner or furnace is an “out of sight, out of mind,” appliance. That is, until temperatures change dramatically outside and it’s time to close up the windows and turn the air or heat on. And just like any other equipment, an HVAC unit should be serviced and inspected regularly to ensure it functions at its peak. Even if you don’t suspect there is any problem with your air conditioner, you should have a tune-up at least once a year, ideally in the Spring or Fall, so it’s ready to heat or cool your home in the months to follow.
While neglecting your HVAC unit may be easy to do, it’s important to make sure your unit receives routine maintenance. Below you can find the top reasons that you should schedule your yearly air conditioner check up.
Like anything else, the better you take care of your HVAC, the longer it will last. Air conditioners are expensive pieces of equipment, and very necessary for our comfort during the hot months of the year. So, the longer you can keep your HVAC alive, the better. When an HVAC receives annual service, it can last anywhere between 10 and 15 years. However, a neglected one only lasts about 7 years.
One of the main reasons homeowners knowingly fail to schedule a routine check up for their HVAC, is cost. Ironically, this could lead them to needing to shell out much more money in the long run. When a small problem goes unnoticed, it could lead to a much bigger issue…meaning a more expensive repair. During your annual service check up, our technicians will be able to detect problems with your unit and service those problems before they get out of control.
An HVAC is made up of many parts, and over time these parts can become dirty and clogged. Filters, coils, and fins require routine maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently. The buildup of dirt can reduce your machine’s operating efficiency by 5% per year. This means that after three years of going without maintenance, it’s 15% less efficient than it should be, which will directly reflect on your monthly energy bill.
How long has your air conditioner gone without a routine check-up? Don’t wait until a small problem leads to a big hole in your pocket. Schedule your annual service today, so your HVAC is ready to make your home’s temperature comfortable and inside perfect!