It’s summer. The sun is blazing and it’s finally hot enough to use your air conditioner.
But you try to turn it on, and nothing happens. Or some concerning noises start rumbling through the unit and you quickly turn it off.
The temperature of your house is only going to rise as the summer gets hotter, and now you’re stuck with a faulty AC unit.
What could you have done differently?
AC repairs and maintenance should be performed yearly. If you’re one of many people who don’t get your AC units regularly serviced, inspected, and maintained, you run the risk of suffering through a very uncomfortable summer.
So let’s look at a few reasons why you shouldn’t ever forget about maintaining and inspecting your AC unit.
AC Repairs and Maintenance Increases Efficiency
It’s easy to tell when strange, unusual noises are coming from your air conditioning unit. Those thumps, whines, and grinding sounds are definitely a sign that your unit is in some desperate need of AC repair.
But it is possible to avoid this kind of situation entirely.
For most areas in the United States, there will be a time you aren’t using your AC unit or HVAC cooling system. In the winter months, temperatures typically drop enough throughout the country that AC isn’t always necessary.
But before you do turn that unit on in the spring, it’s highly recommended to have your unit serviced.
Identifying potential problems with your unit before you need it most during the hottest months of the year means you don’t have to suffer through sweltering temperatures with no relief in sight.
And regular inspections and air conditioning maintenance increase the efficiency of your unit. Setting your unit up with clean filters and new coils if necessary allows the unit to operate at its peak function without sacrificing your comfort.
Units That Aren’t Regularly Serviced Can Lead to Mold and Allergen Buildups
Roughly $3.7 billion goes into treating allergies due to damp conditions and mold within homes in the United States.
Air conditioners play a huge role in maintaining the quality of air in the hotter months, but by avoiding AC management, you’re at risk of contributing to the staggering cost of allergy and mold treatments.
A properly serviced AC unit filters out pollen, allergens, mold spores, and plenty of other things that affect the quality of the air inside your home.
But a unit that is shoved in a window year after year, or one that’s switched on and off at a whim, don’t do such a good job of filtering these particles out of the air.
Units that aren’t regularly serviced allow allergens and mold particles to seep through the unit and into the air you breathe, which in turn can lead to allergic reactions and developing illnesses from mold exposure.
Children are more susceptible to developing complications due to mold particles and allergens entering the air they’re breathing, as well. So if you have children in your home, you owe it to them to have your AC unit regularly inspected, cleaned, and serviced.
Uneven Cooling Can Spike Your Energy Bill
No one wants to pay higher bills.
Some may prepare for it all year, acknowledging that they’re likely to spend more money on their electric bills in the summer due to the increase in air conditioning use.
But even with this in mind, spending an exorbitant amount of money on home cooling costs is less than desirable.
Air conditioning maintenance allows your unit to function at peak performance without costing you an arm and a leg. While it’s still possible to cool your home with a unit that hasn’t been recently serviced, your unit is likely working harder to maintain those cooler temperatures.
And if a unit is working harder, that extra energy is going to come from somewhere: your wallet.
Spending extra money to pay your energy bills is bad enough, but a faulty unit may also give rise to your temper with uneven cooling.
A unit that isn’t up to par functions at the same level, and it’s this sub-par level that will pump out cool air, hot air, or no air at all. If your unit is not providing a nice even cool throughout your house, you’ll be left in an uncomfortable situation that will cost more money to fix.
Regular Maintenance Helps Your Unit Last Longer
An AC unit or HVAC system is an investment. You may spend a lot of time researching and consulting with professionals about what AC system is best for you before you make the purchase, but all that time and money will be put to waste if you don’t schedule regular maintenance and service.
There are plenty of problems that can happen to your AC unit when it’s not in use; insect nests, damaged wiring or internal components, dirt buildup, mold development.
It’s regular maintenance services that identify these problems before you try to use that unit in the summer, and regular maintenance services that keep your unit functioning well for years instead of just months.
A lack of regular AC maintenance means your unit simply can’t function at its peak efficiency for long periods. But by scheduling regular service once a year allows problems to be identified early on, buildups and bad filters replaced, and internal components working correctly without extra strain on their parts.
Service Your Unit Before it’s Too Late
Summer is not the time you want to find out that your unit needs AC repairs and maintenance.
Spring is a great time of year to have your AC unit serviced. If you’re planning to use your air conditioner this summer, contact us today.
Our experts are ready to service your unit and ensure you’re ready to be cool for the summer.
If you have questions about upgrades or taking care of your unit, we’re also available to consult with you about your best options to keep you and your family comfortable throughout hot summer weather.