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AC Service: Too Little May Be Too Late

By Your Advisor 8/8/16 9:30 AM Time to read:

Every car owner knows that they should change their motor oil every 3000-5000 miles. An automobile is an investment; it’s a piece of machinery that requires regular maintenance to keep it running as long as possible. An air conditioning system is no different. Like a car, it needs routine annual or semiannual maintenance, also known as an “AC service” or "tune-up."

These "tune-ups" require industry equipment and knowledge that can only be administered by an HVAC professional. Technicians should be able to inspect ductwork for damage, replace parts that show wear and tear, and recalibrate your thermostat so that it reads accurately. A dirty evaporator coil or clogged condensate drain can result in increased energy usage and ineffective dehumidification. Checking to be sure that these two components are clean and clear are vital to the health of your entire HVAC system and more importantly, your family. The last thing you need is a moldy coil blowing allergens into your home and your family’s lungs. While only a professional should service an AC, homeowners can still invest a little time to ensure their unit keeps their home comfortable.

Between Scheduled AC Service

The best thing you can do for your air conditioning unit is to keep it clean. A clean unit uses up to 15% less energy and cools your home 30% faster than a dirty one. For outdoor units, that means keeping it clear of dirt, dead leaves, lawn clippings, and weeds. Keeping it covered during the cold months will also protect your AC when it’s not in use. Neglecting to keep your unit clean won’t necessarily cause your equipment to break down, however, it decreases its efficiency, which may lead to downtime later down the road.

Besides keeping your unit clear from obstructions, make sure that you change your filters every few months (depending on how often you use your AC and how dusty your environment is). Different systems will require different types of filters. Some are reusable and require washing, whereas others are disposable. They also have a variety of sizes and levels of filtration. While most filters will keep particulate matter from damaging your equipment, those with a high MERV rating will reduce allergens in your home. When changing your filter, make sure that you replace it with one that is compatible with your AC equipment. This small bit of DIY maintenance not only prolongs the life or your unit but ensures that your technician will find fewer "surprises" during your maintenance service.

Choose a professional you trust

Any reputable HVAC professional will offer HVAC maintenance for your AC or heating system individually or as an annual package. When you purchase an AC system, you can opt for a complete service package so that your technician can monitor your equipment’s health throughout its lifespan. The best part of these agreements is that your technician will remind you when your units are due for maintenance, so you never have to keep track.

Does investment in peace of mind sound like something you need? Ask about Burgeson's AC service packages.