We’re nearing the end of summer, but we’re not quite there yet. There are still going to be a few days over the coming weeks when you use your air conditioner during the day, which means you still can take advantage of these tips to help it finish the season as strong as possible.
Schedule Preventive Maintenance
By the time you notice that your air conditioner is struggling with some sort of problem, it likely will have already suffered some level of damage that you’ll need to pay to repair. That’s obviously not a good thing for you. The best way to make sure that your air conditioner doesn’t take damage from various issues before you can stop it is to make sure that you schedule preventive maintenance on a regular basis. Preventive maintenance appointments allow your technician to find and fix issues with your system before they develop far enough to cause problems, resulting in a 90% drop in the odds of a serious issue affecting your air conditioner. It can also increase the energy efficiency of your air conditioner by up to 40%.
Normally, we recommend that you have maintenance for your air conditioner done during the spring. This is because it ensures that your system doesn’t have any preexisting conditions before summer starts, and because that way you can take full advantage of any increases in energy efficiency as soon as you start using the system on a regular basis. Now might be a bit late to schedule preventive maintenance for your air conditioner, but it’s never too late! It’s till better to have it conducted now than to leave off until next season. So, if you haven’t had maintenance done on your air conditioner yet this season, now is the time to do it.
Know When Repairs are Needed
Preventive maintenance is great for reducing the odds of a serious problem developing in your system, and for increasing its energy efficiency. It is not, however, a guarantee that your air conditioner will always be healthy. There will always be a chance for problems to develop between maintenance appointments, which is why you need to make sure that you know what to look for when it comes to scheduling repair services. Common signs that your air conditioner is in need of professional repairs include:
- Ice on the coil
- Falling output
- Leaking fluid
- Spikes in monthly costs
- Short cycling
- Odd noises
- And any other unusual behavior that might arouse your suspicion.
If a problem in the air conditioner has progressed far enough to start showing symptoms, you’re probably too late to prevent all of the damage. If you act quickly, though, you can still make sure that you prevent any more damage from being done.