In Florida, it seems as if the air conditioner never stops running. Even if you think your air conditioner is running at 100 percent, you may want to think again. An air conditioning tune-up, which should be done annually, is something that a homeowner shouldn’t ignore.
What exactly is an air conditioning tune-up?
During a tune-up, a qualified specialist is going to check the coolant levels, calibrate the temperatures, inspect the wiring and components, make sure the evaporator coil is clean and perform additional safety checks. After the inspection has been done, the specialist will recommend any necessary repairs that have to be done and perform a cleaning, if required.
Why is this so important?
Saves you Money
For starters, most HVAC specialists will tell you that most air conditioning repair jobs could have been prevented during a tune-up. Instead of spending as little as $100 on a tune-up, the customer had to spend three to five times that amount on a basic repair. With that being said, don’t be afraid to spend the money on a tune-up; it’s always worth that small investment.
Prevents a Fire
If your air conditioner has faulty wiring, this could trip the circuit breaker and potentially cause a fire in your home. You have to remember that there will be times when you’re not home and your air conditioner is going to be running. If your unit hasn’t been checked in years, how do you know if the internal components are working right? An annual tune-up will make sure your wiring is working at 100 percent.
A new air conditioner can cost thousands of dollars. A simple tune-up can prolong your air conditioner’s life by more than 20 percent. And just like a car, you wouldn’t drive it for tens of thousands of miles without getting a tune-up, would you?
Saving on Energy Costs
Over time, an air conditioner can develop dirty coils, overheated motors, and a lack of refrigerant. On average, all of these problems can lead to a five-percent efficiency loss. If an air conditioner isn’t operating the way it’s supposed to be, your utility bills are going to be higher and your unit will be working harder than it should be.
Researchers have found that people who received an air conditioner tune-up had noticed more than 78 percent in savings a year later. These savings alone could be more than what you paid in the first place. If you haven’t had a tune-up in more than a year, there’s no reason to wait. As you can see, there are more than enough benefits to pick up the phone and make the call today.