An air conditioner can help keep your room cool, only if you maintain it well. While it may perform well in the beginning, it needs regular servicing to maintain its working efficiency.
An air conditioner service is best done in the springtime when you are just about to start using it after the cold winters. However, this is not a steadfast rule. You can do it anytime, as long as you service your AC at least once a year.
Many people refrain from servicing their air-conditioner thinking it’s an unnecessary expense. However little do they know that it’s during regular servicing that the HVAC contractor nips smaller problems in the bud before it grows into something big and expensive to repair.
Importance of regular air conditioner service
Regular maintenance ensures your air conditioner will be ready to cool your room every time you switch it on. The last thing you would want to happen is it not switching on when you need it the most during the hot summers.
Sometimes your air conditioner may develop problems without your knowing anything about it. It’s your contractor who notices it during the maintenance routine and fixes it before it grows into a bigger and more expensive problem.
Another reason to have your AC serviced is to ensure it works at maximum working efficiency. This, in turn, helps reduce energy costs, which is an additional saving for you.
The chances of any breakdown are reduced drastically with regular servicing. And unfortunately, if an AC breaks down, it’s usually when you need it the most like at night and in the hot summer months. This is when it’s also more expensive to hire HVAC contractors to repair, or service your AC.
What happens without AC servicing
Your AC ends up collecting dust and dirt from the air, which in turn accumulates and ends up deposited on the filters. This affects the working of your air conditioner because it has to work harder to override the dust and cool your room.
You may even have to reduce your unit’s temperature to get the same cooling as you were previously getting. This, in turn, leads to increased energy consumption and higher utility bills.
The dirt and dust on the filters not only slows down the air conditioners working but is also unhealthy. It can trigger allergies in people with dust allergies and other allergies like eczema and asthma.
Your AC works smoothly only if its parts are in proper working condition, and well lubricated. This means its coils and fan will need proper and timely lubrication and cleaning to work at maximum efficiency. Failure to do so only leads to increased power consumption and once again, increased utility bills.
Many people skip an air conditioner service and change the air filters themselves. This is the wrong thing to do because while you assume it’s the filter that’s giving problems like reduced cooling, sometimes all it needs is a little refrigerant. It’s your HVAC contractor who will be able to identify the problem which is why you need regular air conditioner service.