When the hardest of the summer heat hits, you need to be absolutely certain that your residential AC unit is fully prepared to bear the brunt of the oppressive summer weather we experience. The best way to accomplish that is through preventative maintenance. We all know that small problems can quickly turn into big, expensive issues if we do not take care of them when they first arise. We can catch potential problems early on so your cool air isn’t interrupted for even a moment.
Poor Air Quality
During the winter the air conditioner unit sits dormant. It carries dust, debris and allergens that land on your coils and fans. Making sure that your A/C unit is clear of dust and gunk will help keep your inside air free of pollen and other particles that can irritate allergies and lower the overall quality of the air in your home. Regularly replacing your air filter is also an important part of keeping your air clean, but even that has to be done more frequently if your unit itself needs maintenance.
Decreased Unit Lifespan
The average lifespan of an air conditioner is 10-15 years, and you may be able to prolong that time with proper, dedicated maintenance. However, skipping maintenance will most definitely reduce your unit’s lifespan. Just like with any other piece of equipment, the better you take care of your air conditioner, the longer it will last.
You may not realize it, but many AC warranties require proof that the unit has received regular service and maintenance. This means that by skipping maintenance you may be voiding your warranty. You’ll still be able to get your air conditioning repaired if something goes wrong, but you’ll have to pay costs you might not have incurred if you’d been able to get those repairs covered under warranty.
Keeping your AC unit running properly isn’t just about comfort, it is also a safety issue. A poorly maintained air conditioner puts added strain on your electrical system, which can cause secondary safety hazards. Certain types of debris in your system or shorted circuits can cause fire hazards, so skipping maintenance is actually dangerous.
Just like with any other piece of equipment, preventative maintenance is cheaper than air conditioner repairs. You can have a maintenance call every single year for a decade and still spend significantly less than you would if you had to get major repairs every few years or replace your unit in 5 years instead of 15. If you are skipping maintenance on your air conditioner to save money, you will actually end up spending more money in the long run.