Almost any HVAC technician you talk to, including ours, will tell you that scheduling your air conditioner maintenance in the spring is vital to the system’s functionality and efficiency. The reason springtime is the best time is because it’s right before you’ll need your air conditioner the most–waiting until the middle of summer could leave you with an unexpected and disruptive AC breakdown. Scheduling early is also more convenient for you as we’ll have more staff available to serve you as they are less likely to be out on emergency repair calls.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that just because spring is almost over, it’s too late to schedule air conditioning maintenance. Consistency matters much more here than timing does. Read on to learn why!
Why AC Maintenance Is Important, No Matter the Time of Year
When it comes to tune-ups for your air conditioner, late is always better than never. This is because you’ll still get to enjoy the many benefits of maintenance, no matter when it’s done. These benefits include:
Improved Energy Efficiency: Maintenance tune-ups retain up to 95% of your air conditioner’s original SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it’s the measurement of how much power your air conditioner puts out in relation to how much energy it consumes. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system. But without maintenance, that SEER rating can drop about 5% each year.
Fewer Repair Needs: You might be surprised to find that regular maintenance can reduce your repair needs by up to 85%. How does this work? Well, one of the tasks we complete during your maintenance appointment is a thorough inspection. During this inspection, we check for signs of wear and tear on your system. If we catch any, we alert you to them right away, before they have a chance to grow into much bigger, more expensive repair needs.
Better Overall Operation: Annual maintenance sessions (or biannual, if you have a year-round heat pump system) help us catch a variety of issues while they’re small, even simple things that you might not think are a big deal like dust buildup or a loose screw. While these problems seem minor, they can have a sort of domino effect on your air conditioner, leading to further problems, like we mentioned above with repair needs. But also, staying on top of this means your system will simply operate better, which could even lead to a longer lifespan for the system.
Going without Maintenance
If you choose to go without maintenance, you can expect the typical 10-15 years of useful service life of your air conditioner to be cut down to 7-10 years. Your system can succumb to wear and tear a lot faster without regular inspections, cleaning, and adjustments.
Additionally, while air conditioners are not inherently unsafe by any means, maintenance gives us the ability to catch potentially hazardous issues, such as refrigerant leaks that could be bad for the health of you and your family, not to mention bad for the health of your air conditioner.