March is usually a reasonably cool month in our neck of the woods, but the summer weather will be here before you know it, and the temperatures seem to get hotter sooner than ever these days. While you’re still likely running your heating system on a regular basis, you’ll soon be using your air conditioner more and more often. Now is the time to dust it off and schedule maintenance to ensure that it is running the way it should. It can convey a number of benefits you’ll enjoy all summer long.
What Is Regular Maintenance?
Most people don’t think much about their air conditioner until it breaks down, and they assume that regular maintenance is similar to arranging for a repair. This is not quite the case. Maintenance is a general “looking over,” designed to stop a variety of little issues that wouldn’t merit a repair call on their own. It’s also designed to give the technician a chance to spot the signs of trouble coming down the road: a problem that hasn’t directly manifested yet, but which might come back to bite you in the middle of summer. Ideally, you should schedule maintenance twice a year: once before summer starts and once after it ends. But once a year is definitely recommended.
What Are the Benefits?
The benefits of air conditioning maintenance are subtle, but you can easily feel them in the places where they matter most. They boil down to three very specific advantages:
- Overall efficiency is improved. By taking care of those little details—tightening loose bolts, lubricating used parts, and so on—the technician cuts down on wear and tear, as well as ensuring that the air conditioner can do its job without expending as much energy. That means lower monthly bills when compared to similar use before annual maintenance, as well as extended longevity for the air conditioner’s parts.
- The chances of a breakdown are reduced, owing to the reduced amount of wear and tear. Furthermore, by scheduling maintenance every year over the life of your system, you can help extend the life of the system’s components, and by extension, the life of the system overall. Considering the cost of a new air conditioning system installation, this is no small feat.
- If repairs are needed, maintenance gives you a chance to catch them early. That provides two big benefits: it often lowers the cost of repairs (since the damage will be less expensive) and it lets you schedule repairs when you’d like, instead of juggling your schedule to accommodate an unexpected emergency. In fact, now is a great time for maintenance because you have several weeks to schedule such repairs until you really need the air conditioner.
If your air conditioner gave you trouble last summer, or it’s been a while since a trained technician got a look at it, regular maintenance is definitely in order. And here in Round Rock, TX, the friendly pros at Intelligent Air Services are standing by to make it happen!