If you are like most people, you assume that your air conditioner is functioning properly as long as cold air is coming out of the vent. The truth is, your air conditioner may not be functioning at peak performance. It could be costing you extra money and shortening your system’s life because you haven’t had it serviced in more than a year.
So, why should you have your air conditioner serviced?
Your air conditioner is a complicated system with many moving parts. There are a lot of things that must be functioning properly to make sure your system is operating at peak performance.
You can do a lot of things yourself to maintain your air conditioner. There are some things that must be done by a professional.
If your air conditioner is a little low on refrigerant, you may not notice. It can still blow cold air and you will think everything is normal. Low refrigerant levels cause a loss of efficiency. Your system may still cool your home, but it is probably running more and working harder to do it.
When you have your air conditioner serviced annually, a technician will check your refrigerant levels to make sure your system doesn’t have any leaks and is running at peak performance.
If your condenser unit and/or your evaporator coils are dirty, your system will be less efficient. The coils transfer heat to and from the air and refrigerant. If you have a lot of dirty coils, your air conditioner can not transfer heat efficiently. This will cause your system to run longer and possibly quit cooling altogether.
During an annual air conditioning service, a technician will clean your coils with a cleaning solution specifically designed for air conditioning coils. They will also make sure there are not too many bent fins. If there are, they will straighten them out to make sure heat can get transferred efficiently.
There may be electrical problems in your system. You could have wires that are drawing too much power and overheating. This will eventually cause the wire to break and your system will stop working. If this happens, it will most likely be at the worst possible time.
When a technician services your air conditioner they will check the electrical system to see if it is drawing too much power. They will also look for signs of overheated and burnt wires. They can often see a symptom of a problem before it becomes a problem.
Other wear and tear
There may be other signs of wear and tear on your air conditioner that may lead to breakdowns. As a homeowner, you will probably not recognize them until it is too late.
Service technicians will look at your entire air conditioning system to make sure there are not any parts on the verge of failing. They know what a new, used, and about to fail part looks like. They can find potential problems and fix them before your system breaks down.
Not getting your air conditioner serviced once a year is like buying a car and never changing the oil, checking the fluids, or doing any other preventative maintenance. Getting your air conditioner serviced can save you money on your electric bill, prevent costly breakdowns, and extend the life of your system.