It’s springtime! The birds are chirping, the flowers are starting to bloom, the sun is out late, and temperatures are starting to finally get warm. Pretty soon we’ll be taking out our air conditioners and dealing with heatwaves in a matter of weeks!
Uh oh, this is probably the point where your stomach churns as you realize that you forgot to schedule AC maintenance last year and you almost forgot to schedule it this year as well. In fact, you’re probably starting to wonder if an air conditioning tune-up in Buffalo Grove, IL is even worth the money. Your HVAC professional has mentioned how important it is, but maybe they’re just trying to sell you a service. Maybe you don’t actually need AC maintenance, right?
Nope, that’s not right. We’ll talk about why maintenance is so crucial to your air conditioner’s lifespan and your budget.
What We Mean When We Say “Maintenance”
Before you go deciding whether or not maintenance is worth the money, it’s important to know what we mean when we say “maintenance.” Maintenance might mean different things for different pieces of equipment, but for HVAC systems it means something very specific. A maintenance tune-up involves cleaning specific components, providing lubrication where there are ball bearings, making sure components are in alignment, and also measuring effectiveness and efficiency.
Basically, we check all the ins and outs of your system to make sure it’s running exactly as it’s supposed to. If it’s not, we can usually provide minor fixes and adjustments to ensure that it is. This is a service that can be done by any professional with their HVAC license, since it’s really just a thorough examination of your system.
Is It Really Worth It?
Yes. But aside from just giving you the simple answer, let us talk about why maintenance is so worth it.
Here are just two major reasons that make air conditioner maintenance worth the price.
The Cost of Operation
Efficiency is the name of the game in the HVAC industry. If your air conditioner doesn’t run efficiently, then you’re losing out on precious money every month. It’s estimated that an air conditioner loses about 5% of its energy efficiency every time you skip a maintenance appointment, because things are getting misaligned, out of sync, and generally dirty and dusty. Your system relies on maintenance to make sure it uses as little energy as possible. The cost of maintenance is basically offset by the cost of increased efficiency.
Longevity and Your System’s Warranty
Did you know that most air conditioner warranties actually require maintenance every year? Missing a maintenance visit could actually void your system’s warranty and cost you money on the next repair.
Also, while we’re talking about warranties, your air conditioner’s warranty is specifically designed to help your system last long into old age. Maintenance is key when it comes to extending your AC’s lifespan as long as possible. When you work with a team that makes maintaining your air conditioner a priority, it’s likely that your AC really could last 10 years and beyond!
Contact Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. for air conditioner maintenance today!