How Often Does an Air Conditioner Need Service?
Your air conditioning system may not be in use right now (this weather is crazy!), but you’re going to need it before you know it. A working air conditioning system is important throughout the spring and summer in a place as hot and humid as here, and you’d hate to be stuck dealing with AC trouble on a day you really need it.
Scheduling air conditioning service before the system is in full swing is the best way to ensure it runs smoothly on the hottest of days, but how often do you really need to schedule service, and when?
Why You Should Schedule an AC Tune-Up Each Spring
Early spring is usually the best time of year for an air conditioning system tune-up. That’s because you don’t really need it to run full time just yet, which means it’s easy to schedule time to keep it off for a short while a technician completes the appointment. Why schedule an appointment annually? Your air conditioner has a lot of complex components that can run nearly nonstop during a hot summer. At the end of the season, you turn it off and don’t use it again until spring.You may believe that, since it was working well in the spring, it’s fine to run again in the summer. However, a lot of problems can build up over the course of a season, including… and understanding to get the job done right the first time, every time.
- Dirt buildup that blocks heat exchange from the coils, leading to problems like freezing.
- Electrical troubles that cause problems like hard starting or complete system breakdowns.
- Problems with the blower motor leading to airflow issues.
Many of these problems go largely unnoticed, for a while, until you have to call in a professional technician in the middle of the busiest part of the season for repairs. Caught early, these issues are a lot less of a hassle.
During a maintenance appointment, a technician will complete a thorough inspection of your AC equipment, along with providing a tune-up to improve efficiency—saving you money! You may need to schedule a separate appointment for any repairs, but trust us—it’s worth it!