If you’ve been taking your home cooling system for granted and forgetting to schedule those routine service calls, chances are good that you’ll end up learning some hard lessons about the value of A/C maintenance. Most homeowners know that regular air conditioning service is recommended by equipment manufacturers and HVAC technicians. However, many don’t realize just how important good maintenance is or how neglecting it can affect home comfort and the family budget.
Learning the value of A/C maintenance can save you money in a variety of ways. A well-maintained system runs more efficiently than one that’s been neglected. Well-maintained systems last longer, preventing you from having to pay the cost of replacement sooner than should be necessary. Repair costs over the lifetime of a system are typically lower when maintenance is done faithfully, since proper care prevents many problems, and regular inspections can catch small issues before they turn into large, expensive repairs.
Your A/C system needs service every year, ideally before the cooling season begins. Among the tasks that your HVAC technician will attend to during that call:
- Air filter replacement
- Inspection and cleaning of indoor and outdoor coils
- Lubrication and inspection of the blower motor and other moving parts
- Refrigerant levels will be checked and adjusted as necessary
- Inspection of electrical connections
- Testing of the thermostat and other system controls for proper function and calibration
Knowing the value of A/C maintenance is important, but not as important as putting that knowledge to practical use. If you haven’t had your system serviced within the past year, make an appointment now. If you, like most people, are very busy, making it hard to keep track of such details, a planned maintenance agreement may be the best way to go. These agreements place maintenance details in the hands of your HVAC contractor, ensuring that they won’t get lost in the shuffle of your hectic daily schedule.
For more information on the value of A/C maintenance, please feel free to contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been serving customers in and around Grand Traverse County for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about A/C maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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