Schedule an AC Tune-Up for Summer
For most parts of the country, the end of May marks the start of Summer, both officially and weather wise. But for San Antonio residents, our “winters” don’t usually last long at all, and our air conditioners are typically still getting plenty of use year-round. But there’s no argument: your AC system gets its heaviest use in the spring and summer months. For this reason, it’s imperative that you schedule an AC tune-up for your unit ASAP. There are a few maintenance tasks you can complete on your own. This includes changing your air filter every 1–3 months.
Many people believe that the air filter is in place to protect their indoor air quality, but it’s actually there to protect the inside components of your HVAC systems from dirt and debris that can negatively affect airflow. Another maintenance task you can do on your own is ensuring that the outdoor unit is clear of debris, for the same reason. But if you want to help your air conditioner perform at its best, and prevent repairs in the meantime, you need to schedule maintenance tune-ups once a year.
Components of your HVAC systems are subject to natural wear and tear over time. However, maintenance will certainly help fend off sudden and costly repair issues. In addition, it will help your cooling system perform more reliably. As to when the best time to schedule maintenance? Well, now!
But more important than what time of year you schedule an AC tune-up, is how often you schedule it. Like we mentioned above, unless you have a heat pump then you should invest in this service once a year. Skipping that yearly maintenance can lead to a number of operational problems down the line
At Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating, one of the most common emergency calls we get in the middle of summer is in regards to a cooling system that won’t actually cool, or one that is making unusual noises, or—in the worst case scenario—has broken down entirely. Fortunately, most of the problems you’ll ever encounter with your cooling system are At least, you can prevent small problems from getting bigger, with yearly maintenance (or biannually, if you have a heat pump.) It’s estimated that a whopping 85 percent of AC repair problems can be stopped ahead of time with regular maintenance!
Your energy costs rise during the summer because of the surge of power being sent to the air conditioner’s compressor and motors. These costs will be even higher if your cooling system begins to collect dust and dirt on its moving parts. Or if it loses lubrication on the motors, or ages quickly due to wear and tear. Maintenance allows your cooling system to retain its energy efficiency rating throughout its lifespan.
The build-up of wear and tear on your air conditioner creates more strain on its internal components, particularly the blower motor. This causes higher energy bills as the air conditioner tries to overcome the extra strain. With regular maintenance, it should retain about 95 percent of its efficiency rating throughout its entire service life.
Extend the Shelf Life
A cooling system that doesn’t have maintenance done on a routine basis has a significantly shorter lifespan. In fact, you can expect the life of your air conditioner to double with maintenance. This is versus without—bumping its lifespan to about 10-15 years.
Learn more about how to schedule an AC tune-up
Of course, there is more to learn when it comes to why you should schedule regular AC tune-ups and maintenance. With this information, you’ll have a good starting point to your options with our staff to determine what service is right for you. For more information about air conditioning tune-ups and how to choose schedule service, contact Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating.