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Home AC Scheduled Maintenance

Posted on: July 6, 2014

Mechanical systems fail.  They fail more frequently when they’re neglected. Fail to service your air conditioner every year and you could be putting more than your home comfort at risk. Air conditioner maintenance offers homeowners a higher return for a minimal investment. Learn why you should be putting Home AC Scheduled Maintenance  for your air conditioner at the top of your priority list.

Home AC Scheduled Maintenance

Home AC Scheduled Maintenance

Ignoring your air conditioner is one of the worst things you can do, especially because your family’s comfort depends on how well the A/C runs, and how reliable it is.

Here are a few of the problems you’ll be facing if you don’t regularly service the system:

  • Disrepair. The worst problem that results from years of neglect, your air conditioner will fail once it succumbs to years of dirt buildup on components like the air handler, coils and compressor, and wear and tear.
  • High utility bills. You’ll also experience higher energy bills if you don’t service the system. Some experts estimate that for every year you don’t maintain the air conditioner, it will lose about 5 percent efficiency. Do the math, and you’ll quickly see that ignoring maintenance for five years leads to a 25 percent decrease in air conditioner efficiency. That means that every month over Georgia’s long, hot summer, you’re paying 25 percent more in cooling costs than you need to. Just failing to replace the air filter alone can decrease efficiency by as much as 15 percent, according to the Department of Energy.
  • An uncomfortable home. You’ll notice signs of poor comfort in your home as the air conditioner declines. For instance, as the air filter fills up with dirt, it blocks airflow. As a result, you’ll notice that less air circulates through your home, day in and day out. As dirt builds up on the coils, it blocks normal heat absorption and release process that occurs there. That’s because the dirt acts as an insulator, preventing the proper cooling function that should normally occur. As a result, you’ll notice that your home isn’t as cool as it used to be.

Maintaining The Air Conditioner

Most experts recommend performing your Home AC Scheduled Maintenance of your air conditioner in the spring, before summer heats up. That way, your system is ready to perform when you need it. However, homeowners can schedule the service anytime—even if they miss the spring tune-up season. As long as you schedule the service every year, your system will stay in good condition.

When you hire an HVAC contractor to perform a Home AC Scheduled Maintenance service, be sure to vet the business’ qualifications. Never work with a contractor who doesn’t hold the proper license and insurances, and be sure that the technicians undergo the minimum requirements for training and certification. A good technician will perform a comprehensive inspection of the system, ensuring that the parts are in good condition and replacing worn components, and then clean parts like the fan blades, the motor, the coils, the refrigerant lines, the condensate drain, and more.

You can expect a Home AC Scheduled Maintenance to cost about $100. Some contractors offer discounts for signing up for their maintenance clubs, and for servicing other home equipment, too, like the furnace. There’s also one simple step you can take to can increase the durability and reliability of your air conditioner: participate in monthly maintenance. Every month over the summer—when you’re using the air conditioner nonstop—check the filter. If it looks dirty, swap it out for a clean one. A fresh filter prevents dirt from accessing the system’s internal components, and it ensures that airflow remains optimal. This one simple tip can save you valuable energy dollars and increase your system’s efficiency by 15 percent.

If you’re noticing signs like higher humidity levels indoor and poor comfort, along with increasingly higher utility bills, it’s time to setup a Home AC Scheduled Maintenance plan. Contact Jacob Heating & Air Conditioning today to ask about our planned maintenance program or to schedule a tune-up. We help homeowners and businesses in West Volusia County with all of their cooling and heating needs. Drive your home’s performance with our quality air conditioning, furnace and heat pump solutions, dehumidifiers and indoor air quality services.