Asking the question, “Do I have to get professional maintenance done for my air conditioner?” is a little tricky.
The truth is, no, you don’t have to do anything. We certainly can’t force you! However, we can share with you why you might choose to have this service done.
You’ll notice that just about any HVAC company provides a maintenance plan of some kind. This isn’t a money-making scheme. This is a service we provide to our customers to keep their air conditioners (and heaters, for that matter) in the best shape possible so that they operate as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible. Read on as we uncover the many benefits of having this service done each year for your air conditioner.
Reduced Repair Needs
Did you know that maintenance can help reduce your repair costs by as much as 85%? Wondering how this works?
Consider this scenario–due to nothing more than wear and tear from normal use, your motor bearings are starting to wear down. During maintenance, our technicians notice this and will lubricate the motor bearings so the motor continues to work as it should.
Now consider this one–due to nothing more than wear and tear from normal use, your motor bearings are starting to wear down. You’re not aware of this because you’ve skipped maintenance. So, they continue to wear down. You notice a slight squeaky sound coming from your air conditioner, but don’t think much of it. But then, your motor overheats, and your system shuts down. Now you need new motor bearings, and maybe even a new motor. Suddenly, your small problem got a lot bigger and more expensive!
During maintenance, our technicians comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it. This helps your system perform exactly as it should, and efficiently as it should. In fact, an air conditioner that gets regular maintenance can retain up to 95% of its original efficiency rating–its SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio).
On the other hand, for every year air conditioner maintenance is skipped, you could actually lose about 5% of that original SEER rating. This means you’re paying more than you should for your air conditioner to operate.
Longer Equipment Life
There’s no air conditioner that will last forever. Eventually, you’ll need to replace your system. You might even want to upgrade it, as air conditioners get more efficient every year. That said, your air conditioner can have a pretty long service life–10-15 years or more–if you have routine maintenance done on it.
A system without maintenance accumulates wear and tear and simply can’t operate at its best. Parts start wearing down to the point that you have more frequent repair needs, and then eventually no repair will get your system working as it once did.
One of the biggest reasons to have AC maintenance done is to keep your warranty current! Most manufacturer’s warranties will stipulate that you must have professional service done and that DIY air conditioner repairs or maintenance will void said warranty.