Why You Should Tune-Up Your Air Conditioner Before The Heat Of The Summer
When you purchased your car, you knew that in order to keep it running at its optimal level, it would need periodic maintenance along the way. New tires. Oil changes. New belts.
You also knew that if you didn’t keep up with regular maintenance, you would have big problems down the road. If you never change the oil, for instance, it would impact the vital systems of your car, potentially leaving you without a car at the most inopportune time.
Yet common sense for the cars in our lives, sometimes doesn’t carry over to other systems. Your air conditioning system, for instance. Just like your car, there are machines that require maintenance.
Your air conditioner generates a lot of airflow, has a lot of moveable parts, such as motors and valves. It requires adjustments and lubricants to keep it operational. It collects dust and debris as it works flawlessly day after day, week after week, during some of the hottest days of the year.
Like your car, if you keep your air conditioner well maintained, repairing parts and making adjustments on an as needed basis, you’ll receive optimum performance throughout its life. That’s where regular tune-ups come into play.
Regular tune-ups are the simplest and best thing you can do to guarantee that your air conditioner will keep you comfortable all summer long and operate at peak money saving efficiency. It’s the best assurance you have that tiny problems don’t escalate into larger problems, usually on the hottest days of the year.
By scheduling a tune-up at the beginning of the season, you’ll:
- Increase the chances small problems will be caught before they turn into big ones, potentially reducing operating costs up to 30 percent. Repairing a small refrigerant leak won’t add that much to the overall tune-up cost. But installing a new compressor after the refrigerant runs low and burns out the old one can be a major setback to your budget.
- Ensure your air conditioner is working at its optimal efficiency. If it’s running efficiently, it cools your home using less energy, meaning you’ll see the savings in your monthly utility bills.
Bottom line … An air conditioner tune-up will save you money in both the long and short term, which will give you peace of mind all summer long.