Understandably, when an HVAC professional recommends maintenance for your air conditioning system, it can be easy for you to dismiss. Unless something is severely wrong with your cooling system—like you noticed a loss of cooling power, you might be tempted to put off maintenance, especially if your air conditioner has been working “just fine.”
The fact of the matter is, however, that just like maintenance for your vehicle, routine AC maintenance is vital to the performance of your cooling system as well as repair prevention. And as a trusted resource for professional Tampa HVAC services, we have the responsibility to share with you why regular maintenance is so vital, and when you should schedule it.
What Does Maintenance Do?
Understandably, if you’ve never scheduled maintenance before or if you don’t know much about it, this is going to be one of your first questions. Maintenance is when our technicians come in and thoroughly clean the interior components of your air conditioner (or heating system) to ensure it’s able to operate as efficiently as possible. In addition, we inspect your system and check for any components that need adjustment, repair, or even replacement.
Over all, maintenance serves to improve the longevity and performance of your air conditioner, and we really cannot understate its importance.
“So, When Should I Schedule Maintenance?”
In general, we recommend that you schedule an air conditioning tune-up right before you need your system the most. So, this would be in early spring. Around our parts, it could even still be winter. But the time of year you have maintenance done is less important than how frequently you have it done. Maintenance should be done once a year, at least.
Since we live in an area that really stresses out cooling systems, you may even consider having your system checked out more often than this. This is especially true if you are using a heat pump, which is a year-round home comfort system used for both cooling in the summer and sufficient heat in the winter.
Maintenance Helps Improve Your Comfort and Safety
One of the main reasons you should keep up on your annual air conditioning maintenance is for your comfort and the comfort of your family. Over the years, air conditioning systems start performing less and less effectively, and efficiently. The components begin wearing down due to natural wear and tear, just like they would in your vehicle if you skipped auto maintenance.
Maintenance also keeps you safe. Air conditioners, of course, are not dangerous, but they do have components that can be harmful, especially if you try to do AC repairs on your own. For instance, refrigerant is the chemical that makes the cooling process possible. If you have a leak, it’s harmful to not only your air conditioner but to anyone who comes in contact with it. You’re less likely to have a problem of this caliber if you keep up on maintenance though!
To schedule your next tune-up or inquire about our comprehensive HVAC services, contact IERNA’s Heating & Cooling today!