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Is It Too Late for an AC Tune-Up?


The summer season is progressing right along, and although our summers aren’t as sweltering as they are for our friends and families down south, or on the east coast, it’s still… well… really hot.

This means you need a fully functional and efficiently operating air conditioner to get you through the worst. The only way to ensure this is the case though, aside from being matched up with the right air conditioner installation with a trained professional, is through expert AC maintenance in Olympia, WA.

What many homeowners wonder though, is “is it too late to have an AC tune-up done now? It’s already August!”

The short answer to this is “no!” Read on as we elaborate.

Making Annual Tune-Ups a Priority

Tune-ups, which those of us in the HVAC industry refer to as maintenance, is something that every air conditioner needs once a year. Actually, if you have a year-round heat pump system, then maintenance tune-ups are needed twice a year.

But what matters here the most is consistency. Sure, it often makes the most sense to have air conditioner maintenance done in the spring, before you need your cooling system the most. But we care more that you’re getting a tune-up once a year (for a standard air conditioner). Here’s why this should be your priority:

Summer Doesn’t Take a Vacation

It goes without saying that heat rarely takes a break over our summer seasons. Especially in the last couple of years! Maintenance tune-ups help make sure that your cooling system is always ready to deal with these warmer temperatures, no matter how long-lasting or no matter how much of a surprise a heat wave is.

You Don’t Want to Pay More for Comfort

On average, every year that your air conditioner goes without routine maintenance, it actually loses about 5% of its efficiency, and this drop-off gets steeper over time.

You’ll wind up paying more for the times your AC system is running longer than you should have to, because the system is essentially struggling to do its job.

Routine Maintenance Prevents Sudden Breakdowns

It might surprise you to learn that up to 85% of the repairs your air conditioner may ever need in its lifetime can actually be prevented with routine, professional maintenance.

This is because maintenance tune-ups allow our team to catch small wear-and-tear issues and address them before they have a chance to grow into bigger, more serious, and more expensive repair needs.

This also means that your air conditioner will be a lot less likely to break down on you out of nowhere.

Routine Maintenance Gives Your System More Life

It’s true! Regular maintenance can help extend the useful service life of your system by years. A well-maintained system that doesn’t have any other problems (such as poor initial installation) should be expected to work as efficiently as it’s meant to for 10-15 years.

Maintenance helps your air conditioner retain up to 95% of its original efficiency rating. On the other hand, every year an HVAC system goes without maintenance, it loses about 5% of its original efficiency rating.

Contact Sunset Air today to improve your home efficiency with our expert services!

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