If you’ve been reading up on energy efficiency or caring for your air conditioner, or if you recently needed repairs for your air conditioner and had a tune-up recommended after the fact, you may be wondering how often you really ought to be having your AC serviced. Many homeowners go years upon years without even thinking about maintenance for their air conditioner or heat system unless something goes wrong—at most, the average homeowner might remember to replace filters on time.
So how often are you supposed to have someone out to take a look at it? Why should you even bother with scheduling AC maintenance? What else can you do to take care of your air conditioner?
Recommended Service Schedule
First, let’s answer the big question of service frequency. The simple answer is once every year, but there’s more to it than that. Most experts recommend annual maintenance for your air conditioner (and furnace) as a minimum, but this is assuming normal amounts of HVAC usage. However, if you live with someone who runs particularly hot, you may end up running your air conditioner two or three times as much as the average user. So, do you need more service visits if that’s the case?
Not necessarily, but it might be a good idea to have someone come out to tune up your AC before the most intense parts of the year to make sure you’re getting peak efficiency and efficacy when you most need it. If everything looks normal with that one visit each year, you’re probably fine to stick to once a year.
Why Get Your AC Serviced?
Just telling you that your air conditioner should be serviced annually probably isn’t enough to convince you to spend money on it, so let’s talk about the benefits of regular service. Like any complicated mechanical or electrical device, air conditioners break down over time and become less efficient—mechanical components wear down, lubrication runs dry, electrical components corrode or come loose, radiating fins get dirty and radiate poorly, etc.
Regular maintenance ensures that your system runs the way it’s meant to every year, with proper lubrication, cleaning, and tightening electrical connections. It also ensures that a professional see your unit annually, meaning it’s more likely that problems are spotted while they’re still small and inexpensive to fix instead of requiring an emergency service call at 2 a.m. in the middle of the summer.
Consistent maintenance thus controls costs by improving unit efficiency and minimizing major damages. It’ll also make your unit perform better, meaning more comfort for your home.
Can I Service My Own Air Conditioner?
Unless you’re willing to become an expert in air conditioners — and know your way around electricity — this isn’t really a viable option for most people. And don’t forget, you probably also want someone to look at your furnace or boiler each year, which means learning another complicated piece of machinery, one that may involve gas.
Best to leave it to professionals, outside of changing filters and wiping away dust.
Learn More About Air Conditioning Upkeep
If you’d like to learn more about the advantages of air conditioner service, or you need to schedule an appointment for service in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, you can entrust your system to the experts at ComforTemp Heating & Air Conditioning.
Reach us online by clicking here, or dial (708) 403-3434 to speak with a team member!