Waiting to schedule an air conditioner tune up, or failing to do so, can result in expensive, unintended consequences. Experts agree that regular maintenance lowers energy consumption and repair costs while improving overall home comfort. The ideal time to schedule such a service would be Spring time. Although a tune up can be done at any time as long as the technician can run the A/C to test it, Spring is the most beneficial time in terms of timing the service.
In Spring, heating and air companies set aside time for air conditioning maintenance. This is the perfect time to schedule an appointment before the summer blaze starts to come in. Getting a tune up done in Spring also gets the system going and in shape so that it is ready to keep you cool throughout Summer. If you try to schedule a tune up in Summer, chances are you’ll have to wait behind a long line of people who are in need of emergency air conditioning services. Those are the people who chose not to do a tune up at all. At this point in the season, there is no guarantee as to when a company is able to come out and service your unit. So what does a tune up even include? What must be done that is so important? An air conditioning tune up consists of two primary tasks: cleaning and prevention.
If a tune up is not done, your air conditioner could be littered with a build up of dirt. Dirt is essentially a cooling system’s number one enemy. During the tune up, the technician will remove and disassemble certain components to gain access to the cooling system. As the technician methodically progresses, they’ll clean all of the components using specialized cleaning solutions. What they are essentially trying to do is restore the unit to a near new condition.
As the technician removes components and cleans them, they’ll keep an eye out for parts that have sustained any damage or wear and tear. When your air conditioner’s parts start to wear down, it uses up more energy to compensate for the stress. This will result in an increase in your energy bill and a decrease in your unit’s ability to generate cool air. Dirt also has the same effect as wear and tear. As dirt builds up on the fan’s blades, it weighs them down causing the motor to work harder than it needs to. Eventually it could cause the motor to work itself out and fail. You’ll be left with nothing but a high energy bill and an expensive repair.
As you can see, the consequences of not getting a tune up is no joke. These types of situations get expensive fast. Call your local heating and air company for a simple tune up. A little preventative maintenance can help save you a whole lot of money and time in the long run.