Optimal Air Conditioner Maintenance

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Optimal Air Conditioner Maintenance

Do you really have to service the A/C if there’s no problem with it? There is that saying, “if it aint broke, don’t fix it”, which may be true, but if we want to keep optimal performance from our appliances, maintenance must be made.

It is not because of some technician’s whim, either. Even if you don’t perceive any damage or malfunction in your unit, the usual advice is to have them inspected and cleaned once a year, although some like to push it for twice a year depending on usage. This is the only way you can guarantee peak performance as well as energy efficiency.

Here’s the thing: while you are using your air conditioner, certain areas of the system gather dust and dirt. This wouldn’t be a problem for some time, but if you leave it as it is indefinitely, this buildup will lower the capabilities of you’re A/C, downgrading its performance. If the issue keeps going, the system will develop more serious problems.

Is it worth the investment?

In the long run, having your A/C regularly serviced will pay for itself. On one hand, this ensures that the energy efficiency works at top notch, which helps you reduce expenses on energy bills up to a 15%. On another hand, standard maintenance provided by a licensed HVAC expert will surely extend the lifespan of your system.

By contrast, having to replace your air conditioner earlier than expected requires a far bigger investment. This would be particularly annoying if the reason ends up being something that could have been prevented, such as a broken filter that let the evaporator coil gather too much buildup and thus caused it to fail. Changing a new filter at the right time would have been a lot cheaper.

Can’t I do it myself?

There are certain things you can do to keep your air conditioner operating in good conditions, such as regular clean up and even replacing filters when they are too dirty, if you know how to do it. However, you do need a professional for other problems, which include refrigerant charge or airflow obstructions.

Other aspects that a technician would check on during maintenance include motor performance, dirty or broken coils and fans, the blower, the drain line, supply lines and return lines, levels of the refrigerant, connections, operating pressures and operating temperatures.