Benefits of Preventive Maintenance
Your air conditioner cools and filters the air inside your home, so you can enjoy worry-free clean, fresh air throughout the day. In fact, it can be easy to overlook the importance of your air conditioning unit until it stops working properly. An article on the Sustainable Sources website states an air conditioner loses 5 percent of its efficiency each year if regular maintenance is not performed. A lower performing air conditioner will require more energy and result in a higher power bill to cool your home. Performing an annual maintenance check on an air-conditioning unit can allow the unit to maintain a 95 percent level of designed efficiency for many years.
Most air conditioners require occasional preventive maintenance to keep them running smoothly throughout their lifetime. Performing preventive maintenance can ensure your unit operates at the highest efficiency without premature breakdowns. A dirty air filter in an AC unit can interfere with the machine's ability to circulate cool air throughout the room. As a result, the air conditioner can run longer each day or cause you to change the temperature setting because the room feels warm even though the unit is running. High Performance HVAC indicates that dirty condenser coils can cause the air compressor to run harder, which draws more amps from your electric service and results in higher electric bills. Save a lot of money in repair costs by catching small problems before they become bigger, more expensive problems.
Not only does a dirty condenser coil typically force the air conditioner to work harder and drive up the electric bill, but a dirty coil can also force the compressor to work much harder and can result in premature failure of the compressor. The cost to check and clean condenser coils is generally much lower than the cost of replacing the compressor. Preventive maintenance can also detect other issues such as a water leak in the system that could cause damage to the AC unit or to the building structure.
A comprehensive maintenance check up on an air-conditioning system should include the following items: an amperage draw check of the compressor to determine the health of the compressor; pressure check of the cooling lines; and check the coolant level. Also, check and clean the coil or coils and any debris that has accumulated in the outdoor portion of the system. Check the duct work and filter for blockages and cleanliness. Once the maintenance check is complete, the air conditioner should be in top running condition. If there are issues, the technician will let you know of any repairs that should be completed.
And above all else keep cool this summer. =]