There’s one particular AC service we recommend to our customers each and every year that’s easy to dismiss, but we really encourage you not to—maintenance! And unless your air conditioner has broken down to the point that it’s beyond repair, it’s not too late to schedule it now.
Like auto maintenance, routine air conditioner maintenance is essential to the performance of your cooling system, and vital to repair prevention. As a trusted resource for HVAC services in Tacoma, we’re happy to share with you the many benefits of routine maintenance.
The Power of Professional Maintenance
Maintenance allows our technicians to come in and comprehensively clean the interior components of your cooling system (and heating system as well, in the fall) to ensure that it is able to operate as efficiently as possible. Additionally, we inspect the system and check for any components that need adjustment, repair, or replacement.
Overall, maintenance helps improve the longevity and performance of your cooling system by preventing the biggest repair needs, and we really cannot understate the importance of this service. It might surprise you to find that maintenance can actually prevent up to 85% of the repairs an air conditioner may ever need in its lifespan!
“When Is the Best Time to Schedule Maintenance?”
Generally speaking, we recommend that you schedule an air conditioning tune-up right before you need the system the most. This means right now is the best time—springtime.
However, the time of year you have maintenance done is less important than how frequently you schedule it. Maintenance should be done at least once a year for the standard air conditioner—if you have a year-round heat pump system then maintenance should be done twice a year.
We don’t necessarily live in an area where we need our air conditioners very long, but the fact that you won’t need it much means when you do use it, you want to do it cost-effectively, right?
Improve Comfort with Routine Maintenance
One of the main reasons you should be consistent with air conditioning maintenance is for your comfort and the comfort of your family. Over the years, cooling systems begin operating less and less effectively and efficiently. Components start wearing down due to natural wear and tear—just like what happens to your car if you skip maintenance.
Tune-ups also keep you safe. Of course, air conditioners are not necessarily dangerous, but they do have components that could be harmful, like refrigerant. It’s best to leave the pros to deal with components like this, as we’re knowledgeable about just how to handle it.
Of course, there are a couple of small maintenance tasks you can do on your own that at least help with efficiency—changing your air filter every 1-3 months and clearing the area around your outdoor unit. You’ll want to make sure there’s no lawn mulch, leaves, branches, etc. around the outdoor unit, and that your air filter remains clean to allow for proper airflow in and out of your air conditioner.