Central air conditioning is essential in Tennessee. No one wants to suffer through the hot southern summer without air conditioning. That’s why it’s so important to schedule preventive maintenance, rather than resorting to calling for service when something goes wrong. A yearly tune-up can help prevent many problems you might have with your air conditioning unit. It can also make repairing your air conditioner easier if it should break down during the summer.
Benefits of Regular Tune-ups
Air conditioning is probably one of your largest monthly expenses you’ll incur throughout the summer. If you’ve been in your home for several years, you’ve probably noticed that this bill is a little higher every year. Some of that increase might be related to the rising cost of electricity but it’s more likely to be caused by a decrease in the efficiency of your air conditioning system. Annual air conditioning tune-up service can help maintain your unit’s efficiency so its performance doesn’t drop significantly year after year.
These annual tune-ups can also extend the life of your equipment. Problems often start small and get exceedingly worse, and more expensive to fix, over time. That little noise that you’ve learned to ignore might have been a quick repair if it was addressed early but over time, it could become a major issue and even cause you to need to replace your air conditioner. When you get a tune-up every year, your technician is likely to discover issues while they are in the early stages and relatively inexpensive to correct. Letting minor issues go, even for a year, when the system runs every day throughout the summer could significantly damage an air conditioner.
What to Expect with a Tune-up
There are only a few things a homeowner should do to maintain their air conditioner. You can and should change the filter regularly. A clean filter helps the system run more efficiently and will help you save money on your energy bill. Most homeowners should change their air conditioner filter monthly but if you smoke, have furry pets, or are in the house most of the time, you might need to change it more frequently. You should also keep the area around your outdoor unit clean. Leaves and other debris could clog your air conditioner if they build up around it. There are many moving parts to a central air conditioning unit that should only be serviced by a technician trained to perform AC services.
When the technician arrives to perform the Cooling Services, expect them to check your thermostat, electrical connections, and system controls. After performing these initial steps, they should inspect your air conditioning equipment. They’ll check the condenser drain and lubricate all of the moving parts. The technician will also clean the coils. The coils tend to get dirty over the course of the season. That’s why it’s important to schedule service before you turn on your air conditioner for the first time in the year.
Gibber Services technicians will also check the refrigerant level on their annual service calls. Each unit has specific levels that ensure efficiency. Too much refrigerant could be just as bad as too little. You can expect the technician to measure it and make adjustments if necessary. Blower components can also cause an air conditioner to be less efficient. The more efficient the air conditioner is running at the beginning of the season, the less it will cost throughout the summer.
When Do You Need a Tune-up?
Air conditioning tune-ups are preventive maintenance. This means that they should be done before something goes wrong, rather than after you notice a problem. Ideally, you should have your air conditioning system tuned-up annually, preferably in the springtime before you need to cool your home. Because many homeowners will be scheduling their service at the same time of year, it’s important to make your appointment early to ensure a technician can get to you before the temperature starts to rise.
No one should pay more than they have to for a comfortable home. If you get a tune-up every year, you can be confident your system is working and you aren’t likely to have a problem that leaves you without out cool air during some of the hottest days of the summer. Your air conditioner will eventually need to be replaced but if you get a tune-up every year, you can delay that expense until your system has reached the end of its expected life.
Gibber Services services Memphis, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas. We install and service heating and air conditioning equipment, including ductless systems.