If your aging air conditioner has broken down and no repair will get it back up and running, then, yes it probably is too late for AC maintenance. But, unless you’ve never cared for your air conditioner in the 10+ years you’ve had it, that’s very unlikely! That being said, no, it’s not too late for air conditioning maintenance.
“Why Do I Need AC Maintenance?”
Are you one of those homeowners who are skeptical about the benefits of air conditioning maintenance? We understand that there are dishonest “service professionals” out there who will sell services that you don’t necessarily need. However, maintenance is not one of those services. In fact, by skipping maintenance and waiting to call for repairs when someone is obviously wrong with your air conditioner, can do more harm than good.
The thing is, most air conditioning problems are not immediately obvious when they first develop. They spend some time getting progressively worse without being detected, unless a professional gets in there with the right equipment and tools. Without professional help, by the time your AC issue starts presenting obvious symptoms, it has likely already started causing a domino effect, leading to some serious issues for your cooling system.
You can avoid this headache by scheduling maintenance each and every year (or every 6 months, if you have a year-round heat pump system). Preventive maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly go over your air conditioner in close detail, locating and fixing any problem areas early on in their beginning stages. Having this service completed on a routine basis can increase your cooling system’s energy efficiency, lower the chances of a serious problem, and extend the system’s lifespan by many years. You do want to make sure you schedule maintenance regularly, though!
“When Is the Ideal Time for AC Maintenance?”
As we alluded to above, the best time for air conditioning maintenance is before your air conditioner is about to be used on a daily, hourly basis. For our area, this typically means having it scheduled prior to spring. But again, in the absence of a complete system breakdown, it’s not too late if you haven’t had maintenance done yet this year, or even if you have never had it done. Any system that receives maintenance will reap rewards in the sense of improved energy efficiency and performance.
And you can take these benefits even further by enrolling in a maintenance program. This means our HVAC technicians will contact you on a routine basis to make sure you get your maintenance scheduled for that year or season. This gives you the peace of mind that you don’t have to worry about forgetting to have a tune-up done, or worry about your air conditioner breaking down on you in the middle of one of the hottest days of the year. Remember, a properly maintained air conditioner will last far longer than one without maintenance (up to double the lifespan), and will cost you far less energy to run.