Why do you think there are mandatory safety inspections and scheduled maintenance for commercial airplanes? Why do many locations require yearly smog checks for most vehicles? Why do buildings need fire safety inspections? This list of questions could go on and on and the common thread through all the answers is health and safety.
Climate Control Company can’t tell you your air conditioner rises to the same level, but it is a very important part of your comfort. It’s also something that represents a big investment and is expensive to replace. Despite that, we are still asked the question you see in the headline: “Why is regular air conditioner maintenance necessary?” We’re not asking you to take our word for it. Virtually all consumer information experts stress the importance of regular maintenance to maintain cooling efficiency.
This is the single most important thing you can do. Changing the air filter regularly, either yourself or during an HVAC tune-up, can reduce energy consumption by as much as 15%. Dirty filters also allow more dirt to pass through the system increasing wear and tear and reducing life expectancy.
Air Conditioner Coils
Even with regular air filter changes, the evaporator coil and condenser coil get dirty. Airflow is reduced and the ability to absorb and dissipate heat is lessened. In common terms, the air conditioner has to work much harder and costs more to operate. These items are always checked and the condenser coil is cleaned during an HVAC tune-up in your Glenwood Springs, CO home.
A Professional Does Much More Than Normal Maintenance
Heating and cooling technicians are highly trained and can do things the normal homeowner doesn’t have the knowledge or tools to perform. Here are a few:
- Safely handle refrigerant to prevent illegal release to the air
- Verify refrigerant level is correct
- Clean condenser coil
- Condensate drain line and pan
- Visual inspection of exposed duct
- Inspect heat exchangers (furnace) for dangerous cracks
- Check carbon monoxide detectors
- Inspect and tighten electric terminals
- Confirm the thermostat is accurate
If we haven’t convinced you yet about the importance of regular air conditioner maintenance, there’s not much more we can say. For the rest of you, we urge you to call Climate Control Company to schedule an HVAC tune-up. It may not save your life, but it will keep you more comfortable, your life more worry-free, and save you money. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.