If you want to get the most out of your central air conditioner, you need to think of it as an engine. Just like the engine in your car, it needs to be maintained and looked after. While you might have your oil changed and your car serviced every few thousand miles, you should also have your AC system maintained every single year. A simple AC tune up visit is cheap and will only take a few hours. Yearly air conditioning maintenance will almost always lengthen the lifespan of your air conditioning components, reduce hourly operating costs, and lead to a more energy-efficient property. This article explains the importance of having your AC system maintained once a year.

Lack of Maintenance

What happens to your air conditioning system when it isn't maintained? It is often hard to spot an inefficient or failing AC system. In fact, your system might still produce just as much cold air, and it could be hard to tell if your bills are actually getting larger. What usually happens is that certain components will have to work harder in order to compensate for a malfunctioning component that has not been serviced. For example, if your evaporator coils are dirty, your fan motor will work harder, suck up more electricity, and could start to malfunction. The fan motor will have to work harder, suck up more electricity, and probably produce less airflow. But, you will still be able to reach the desired temperature in your home, your system when just be laboring harder. In this example, the ultimate result is that your motor will have a shorter lifespan, and it will need to be replaced sooner than expected.

Similar problems can happen with if your compressor seizes up, your refrigerant lines freeze, or your capacitor becomes overworked and explodes. In almost every case, the problem could have been easily prevented with regular HVAC maintenance.

Yearly Maintenance is Cheap

A yearly HVAC service will probably only cost about $50 as the base price for the visit. Obviously, if certain things need to be replaced, cleaned, or repaired, there will probably be some extra fees. Most service calls will include a free filter replacement or cleaning.

The minimal investments that you need to make into your yearly HVAC maintenance will certainly pay for themselves in the long run. If your system hasn't been serviced in a few years, make the call today!