There are few things sweeter than coming out of the heat into your comfortably air-conditioned home. Unfortunately, air conditioning isn’t something we often think about – that is, until it breaks down on a 100-degree day.
You may not realize it, but your AC unit loses around 5% of its efficiency for each year that it runs. Over time, components weaken and break down, and without routine maintenance, you could end up paying some major repair bills or having to replace the unit altogether.
Fortunately, you can keep your AC running at full capacity by simply scheduling a regular tune-up. Giving your AC a little TLC once or twice a year is important and can save you a lot of money and headaches in the long run.
Save On Your Electric Bill
You’re probably keenly aware of how high your power bills can get during the heat of summer. The AC is a huge power hog, and it will pull more and more power for each year that it goes without maintenance. Even if you have an energy-efficient AC, those years of neglect add up and you’ll end up paying for it when your power bill comes in each month. The good news is, proper care and maintenance can keep that unit running at up to 95% of its original efficiency.
Save On Repairs
The fact is, it costs a whole lot more to fix something than it does to maintain it. Sooner or later, neglect will catch up with you – and it’s when temperatures are high that your AC is most likely to break down. Regular maintenance significantly decreases the chances of your AC breaking down unexpectedly.
A good company will clean out coils, check for leaks, check Freon levels, and replace filters as needed. All those little things might seem negligible, but a small leak or dirty filter can end up doing serious damage to your perfect climate control – and your wallet – if the problem is allowed to escalate. A small investment now can save you some serious cash down the line.
Save Your Warranty
You may have gotten a great warranty with your AC unit, but did you know that your factory warranty may be void if you neglect maintenance. Many manufacturers require annual maintenance for the warranty to be honored. Your AC may still be technically under warranty, but if you’ve neglected maintenance, you might just end up having to pay for needed repairs out of pocket.
Save your sanity
If you want to stay cool this summer, an air conditioner tune-up is a good idea. It’ll ensure that you and your family stay comfortable without any unpleasant breakdowns.