Spring is here which means those hot summer days and nights are right around the corner. If you haven’t broken down and turned on your air conditioner by now, you can bet it is just a matter of time before you can no longer take the heat and fire your unit up.
Most homeowners know that to keep their units working properly, regular maintenance and upkeep are essential. Just like with a vehicle, yearly wear-and-tear can wreck havoc on a system. And just like with a tune-up for your car, you should have regular tune-ups for your heating and cooling system.
The estimated cost of a yearly air conditioner service call can range between $150.00 to somewhere around $450.00. Some homeowners question if this extra expense for their air conditioner tune-ups and are they worth it in the long run? The answer to this is simple, would you run your car for thousands of miles without an oil change and tune-up?
What is an air conditioner tune-up?
Compare this tune-up to your yearly check-up you have with your physician to ensure your health is good and all your vital systems are running properly. The same dynamics are why you need to have a professional give your air conditioning system a complete check-up to make any repairs or adjustments necessary for another year of good use.
There are common air conditioning unit procedures that should be performed each Spring before the start of a new hot season. These are:
- Thermostat calibration
- Cleaning the condenser coils
- Check refrigerate levels for possible leaks
- Examining electrical parts for loosening
- Analyze the motor and blower belt
Why should I get my unit serviced every spring?
With spring finally arriving in most regions your air conditioner hasn’t had a need to run for any given length of time. It would be great to assume that while it sat through the winter that you can expect the system to operate efficiently once the hot weather returns and you need it daily, but, this is not always the case.
Once again, go back to how you treat your vehicle. If your car has sat in a garage for a few months and you plan on driving it across the country, wouldn’t you take it to a professional to ensure that your vehicle is in top shape?
Your household equipment offers the same dynamics as your vehicle. With hot summer weather, this means that you can expect your air conditioner to have to work extra hard to keep your living environment cooled off.
Giving your air conditioning system a heads up will ensure it is ready for the summer season and will help eliminate the risk of a breakdown or low-efficiency operation causing excessive cooling cost.
What if the repairs are less expensive than the yearly maintenance?
Would the parts and service possibly be cheaper than the annual cost of a maintenance contract? Perhaps, but, highly doubtful. There are so many things that can go wrong with an air conditioner that you shouldn’t consider taking that risk.
There is no guarantee that your unit would break down during peak times of the year if you skipped the annual maintenance. However, keep in mind that something as simple as low freon can cause a motor to burn up, which is an expensive endeavor and something that could be prevented if caught soon enough.
It is true that tune-ups may not prevent all problems from occurring, however, with annual maintenance you are knocking the risk down by at least 50% just by having regular maintenance performed.
A professional technician will be able to detect what is a small problem now from turning into an expensive large problem in the future. You can save yourself from many more hassles at a higher cost and possibly a few days of suffering until a technician can assess your needs.
What about my warranty? Shouldn’t parts be covered?
It is important to pay close attention to your warranty details offered by the manufacturer. Most companies require the homeowner to keep maintenance an annual routine for their warranty to be upheld.
The majority of new units come with a limited manufacturers warranty but you need to read the fine print before assuming that no matter what, all parts have coverage. Comfortmaker, Lennox, and Trane make it very clear that unless you have regular maintenance performed, they won’t issue replacement parts in the event of a break-down.
Policies such as these are a win-win because these manufacturers understand that if their product is taken care of properly, there should be no need for a warranty. Be sure to read your warranty for a better understanding of what is required from the manufacturer of your unit.
Having a professional perform regular maintenance can help eliminate constant repairs which can increase the lifespan of your unit. Neglecting the proper care is one way to ensure you will eventually have costly repairs if not the need to replace your unit with a new expensive project you aren’t financially prepared to make.
Keeping your air conditioner maintained will help you get the most usage for as many years possible. You are also assisting with keeping your cooling expenses down when the time comes for regular use. Having an air conditioning unit run with higher efficiency while maintaining your family and home in comfort is what you can expect with routine maintenance.
Are you ready to turn on your air conditioner because it’s starting to get hot outdoors? Before you do, give us a call so that we can ensure your unit is in its best shape to perform up to your standards for comfort.
You should trust your air conditioner to professionals as you do your car when it comes time for a tune-up and maintenance. Schedule your next tune-up with a professional, licensed technician with All Hours Air that has your best interest in mind.
We here at All Hours Air want to earn your respect and your business by providing excellent professional service when you need it, no more-no less. You won’t face catchy sales pitch trying to get you to spend more than necessary. We provide value, quality and most of all, comfort.