You have seen the ads for an AC Tune-up, and here you are now wondering if it is worth the investment. When you do not know what to expect from an air conditioner tune up visit, it is easy to think it is just a gimmick. However, there is real work that happens, and there are some real benefits you will experience. Here are seven of the biggest benefits when you maintain your unit regularly.
For many people, this is the biggest reason to do regular maintenance. Many air conditioner manufacturers require regular tune-ups provided by a licensed technician. This is to keep the various components working properly and through their intended service life. When you fail to service your unit properly, you accelerate the rate at which various components wear out.
Like many other things, there is usually a clause in the warranty that all work must be performed by a licensed technician. This is why it is important not to attempt to do the tune-up work for yourself. (continue below)
Efficiency is a hot word when it comes to heating and cooling your home. However, what does that really mean? In a simple definition, it means needing less energy to cool your home.
When a technician does a tune-up they do a few of things that improve the efficiency. First, they will check your air filters. If these are clogged, it prevents air from flowing through the system, and thereby reducing the efficiency. Next, they will clean your evaporator coils. This can have the same effect as clogged air filters. Next, they will check your condenser coil (the outside unit) to ensure nothing is preventing the air from flowing around it.
Finally, they will check the level of your refrigerant. If this is low, it will cause your air not to cool properly, making your system run for longer periods of time.
Reducing Environmental Impact
One of the major concerns of air conditioners is their impact on the environment. This is especially true for older units that are running R22 refrigerant. If your system was installed before 2010, then you probably have this kind of refrigerant.
The problem with R22 is that it depletes ozone, which is one of the protective layers of the atmosphere.
Keeping Small Issues Small
One of the most important tasks done during an AC tune-up is inspecting the various components, looking for signs of wear. This includes not only the components where the refrigerant runs, but also wiring, the circulating fan, and the electrical components like relays and capacitors.
If any one of these is not operating peak performance, then it puts additional strain on the entire system. Caught early, it is easily fixed and will not cause larger problems. However, if not caught early, you may not notice the difference until the system needs major repairs.
Improved Air Quality
Air quality is important, especially for anyone with respiratory issues like asthma or anyone suffering from seasonal allergies. When the air circulates through the system, it will pick up tiny particles from within the system and bring them back out into your home. This includes not only pollen and dust but also mold and mildew that is growing in some areas.
Longer Operational Life
One of the best long-term benefits of regular AC tune-up is an extended operational life of your system. Consider the average life expectancy of an air conditioning system is 15-20 years. If you do not maintain your system, you will cut that life short. How short? Well, that depends on a lot of factors, like the overall air quality of your home, air contaminants such as dust and salt. In extreme cases, this could cut your operational life to under 10 years.
On the converse side, however, some people report that by doing an annual tune-up, they have extended their system to over 20 years. While no two systems are alike, reducing the strain on the overall system will certainly give you more life out of your system.
All of these come together to save you money. With improved efficiency, your energy bills will come down. By catching small issues early, you reduce the risk of needing major repairs. Extending the service life of your system, you reduce the annualized cost of your system. Improved air quality means better health for your family, and less spent on health care and over the counter remedies.
As you can see, a regular air conditioner tune up is worth the investment. It will also help save you money, keep you comfortable, and improve the environmental impact.
Call an Experienced Professional if Your System is Malfunctioning
Do you have an extremely old system? Are you seeing or hearing things that weren’t there before? If you suspect that the system is not working properly, you should call a professional as soon as possible.
A few signs that the system is in trouble include abnormal noises or smells, an extremely cold home, expensive bills, and frequent shutoffs. Regardless of the concern, an experienced professional can solve the problem and perform the necessary repairs before an emergency occurs.
Prevention and AC Tune-up costs are much more reasonable than having a costly repair later. Whether you live in Clarksville, TN or somewhere close by, the professionals at DOC Heating and Cooling are ready to help. The highly-trained technicians are available 24/7 for emergency calls and for regular maintenance to help keep your heating & cooling system running smoothly.
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