Okay, so there is one scenario where it’s too late for this service—air conditioning maintenance, that is. If your air conditioner has completely broken down and the compressor is shot, then maintenance won’t do anything. In fact, you’ll probably have to replace the entire air conditioner. This is particularly true if its an aging system as replacing just the compressor, unfortunately, won’t help the rest of your air conditioner last much longer.
A sudden breakdown is a lot less likely to happen in a newer system, or a system that’s had maintenance done on it each year. This is essential—your air conditioning maintenance should be done on a routine basis, no matter the time of year. Sure, it’s most ideal to have maintenance done in the spring, before temperatures reach their hottest. But AC maintenance is definitely one of those areas where frequency means more than timing.
Prioritize Your Air Conditioning Maintenance
Your AC maintenance, also known as a tune-up, is something that every cooling system needs done on a routine basis. Or if you have a year-round heat pump system, it should be done twice a year.
As we mentioned above, it’s more important that you have maintenance done on a regular basis than it is the time of year. But why should this be such a priority?
Because Summer Doesn’t Take a Holiday
Sure, there have been times we’ve experience unseasonably cooler temperatures, but there’s no denying that our summers are long and stifling, especially without a great air conditioner in place.
The heat doesn’t dissipate in the summertime. This means you need a cooling system that’s always going to be ready to perform, and deal with the hot temperatures we’re all too familiar with.
Because You Don’t Need Higher Energy Bills
Generally speaking, the average air conditioner loses about 5% of its energy efficiency each year it goes without maintenance. This drop off gets steeper form year to year, which means you can eventually find yourself paying more for the times your AC runs longer than it should have to, as it will struggle to operate.
Because Routine Maintenance Prevents Cooling Emergencies
The biggest benefit of regular air conditioning maintenance is that it prevents your system from suddenly breaking down on your during a stiflingly hot day. There are plenty more of those to come, and you want your cooling system to get through each and every one.
Because Maintenance Prevents Repair Needs
The last thing we want is for our customers to spend unnecessary money on repair needs when they could otherwise be enjoying summer. No matter what time of the year it is, if you take the right steps, your air conditioning system should operate well for the years to come.
Maintenance is not a “one-and-done” service. You want to make sure that you work with a qualified and experienced HVAC technician every year, who you can trust to do a comprehensive job and follow it up with quality repairs, if needed. As a result, you’ll have a cooling system that runs better and a wallet that doesn’t take quite as big of a hit.