Now that the weather is FINALLY warming up, you should seize this opportunity to make sure that your air conditioner (AC) is ready to roll once hotter days arrive. That means it is time to schedule a preventative maintenance visit from a certified AC technician. Not only will this annual maintenance service keep your manufacturer’s warranty intact, it will also reveal any issues that may affect your cooling systems performance this summer. Here are a few ways in which this service will benefit you.
3 Benefits of an AC Tuneup
1. Improved Efficiency
You have probably noticed a serious uptick in your electric bills over the past couple of years. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for electricity have gone up nearly 20% since 2021. If your electric bill was $200 per month in 2021, then you are now paying $240 today!
During a preventative maintenance service call, the technician will clean and verify that your AC system’s components are working properly and at peak efficiency. This process involves tasks such as ensuring the thermostat and electrical components (motors, compressor, capacitors, etc.) are operating within manufacturer’s specifications, checking that refrigerant levels are correct, and cleaning the condenser coils.
With these verification and cleaning tasks complete, your AC will function optimally, thus helping to ensure your home will stay cool and comfortable no matter how hot it gets outside. Additionally, an efficient system also reduces energy costs, since it won’t have to run longer and consume extra electricity to maintain a cool, comfy temperature.
2. Increased Reliability
During testing, the tech may discover that some components are still working, but are testing slightly outside or nearly outside the manufacturer’s specifications. These components are normally electrical and include items such as motors, capacitors and safety sensors.
A reputable tech will make you aware of these pending failures, which gives you the opportunity to replace them now or at a later date. Be aware that the failure of some problems, such as low refrigerant levels, can cause more costly repairs down the road. Your tech can advise you on what the risks are, so you can make an informed decision on repairs.
Major problems requiring costly repairs, such as leaks and motor damage, will develop as your system ages. Be aware that some of these repairs can be substantial, so keeping up with regular maintenance will maximize the life span and reliability of your cooling system.
3. Enhanced Safety
When maintenance is performed on your cooling system, the technician can identify potential hazards that may be a cause for concern. Problems such as condensate leaks, refrigerant escaping the system, failing safety sensors or even faulty wiring that could create a fire hazard are important to repair immediately. Such conditions often arise due to aging or poorly maintained systems, so catching degrading components before they fail will help ensure your and your family’s safety.
Ensure your AC system is operating at its best with help from Jon’s Plumbing & Heating. Since 1998, our Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractors have proudly served homeowners throughout Mount Vernon, OH, offering help with AC repair and maintenance. We are state-licensed and strive to provide the best customer service possible, including discounts, priority scheduling, and extended warranties. Learn how we can help you maintain a comfortable home online, and call (740) 520-2312 to schedule an appointment.