Why Is Routine Maintenance Important?
Just like your car, your home HVAC system needs routine maintenance. Without performing routine maintenance on your car such as oil changes, tire rotations, changing brake pads, etc., your car wouldn’t last that long. The same holds true for your air conditioner and heat pump, they won’t run at peak performance or efficiency and could end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. An air conditioner is a very sturdy piece of machinery. It is built to survive all sorts of abuse and keep on working. This is fine in most respects, but it may result in complacency about maintenance.
Consequences of Not Properly Maintaining Your HVAC System
Without quality maintenance, an air conditioner relinquishes about 5% of its expected efficiency for each year of operation. This means that the 12 SEER system that you got just a few years ago could be functioning like a 9 SEER unit now! The good news is that you can replenish some of that lost efficiency through regularly scheduled maintenance. Studies have shown that with consistent tune-ups a unit will conserve up to 95% of its original efficiency. This means that the expense of a semiannual tune-up is recovered very quickly in savings on your monthly electric bill and lower repair costs. A properly serviced air conditioner will also do a better job of dehumidifying your home.
One of the most important things to check is the refrigerant level in the air conditioner. A system that is only 10% low on coolant will cost around 20% more to operate! The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) encourages that coolant levels be looked at every year.
Things You Can Do to Help Maintain Your HVAC System
There are some things along with yearly tune-ups that you can do to help ensure a high level of comfort and proper system operation.
- Buy quality air filters and replace them when needed.
- Keep bushes and other materials a distance from the external unit of your air conditioner.
- Don’t close supply air outlets in your house. In just about all cases, closing supply outlets is adverse to the function of the overall system.
What Kind of Benefits Can You Expect From Having Your Air Conditioner Serviced by a Professional?
All equipment, even the most dependable, requires routine maintenance. Complicated equipment like today’s air conditioners benefit in many ways from semiannual maintenance.
- Air conditioners recover much of their lost efficiency.
- They are less likely to encounter a total breakdown.
- They have a greater life span.
- They operate for less money.
- They are able to keep you more comfortable, throughout the year.
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