Preventive maintenance is vital to the health of your HVAC system. Think of it as your AC unit’s annual wellness exam. With regular maintenance, potential issues like coolant leaks and faulty capacitors are discovered early, before damage is too extensive – or too expensive. In this post, we look at six reasons you need routine HVAC maintenance.
1. Extend the Life of Your Unit
A well-maintained AC unit lasts longer. Our tech cleans out the evaporator drain, inspects the condensing unit, cleans both the condensing and evaporator coils, checks coolant levels and adds more if necessary, and much more. The result is an air conditioner that runs more efficiently, which means the motor doesn’t have to work so hard.
Routine HVAC maintenance also helps your AC tech discover potential problems early when they’re still easy to fix (and a heck of a lot cheaper). It all combines to help maximize the life of your air conditioner.
2. Improve HVAC Efficiency
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, central air conditioning accounts for around 17 percent of power bills in Arizona.
When parts are well-lubricated, coolant levels are where they should be, and the entire system is clean and free of debris, your unit runs at max efficiency. That means it starts and stops when it should and doesn’t have to work so hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. The best part? When your HVAC system runs at peak performance, it uses less power, lowering your energy costs.
3. Fewer Emergency Repairs
There’s nothing quite like those few seconds of panic you feel when your AC doesn’t start. How much is this going to cost me? How long will it take to fix? What’s the weather report for the next few days?
Routine HVAC maintenance protects your air conditioner against unexpected breakdowns the same way that regular oil changes protect your vehicle’s engine. Keeping parts lubricated and fixing problems while they’re still minor significantly reduces the risk of unit failure and subsequent emergency repairs.
4. Improved Comfort and Air Quality
A properly maintained air conditioner keeps your home cool all summer long. If you’ve ever tried to sleep during the height of a Phoenix summer without air conditioning, you know how important that is.
Regular service not only helps maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, but it also keeps the unit running quietly. In addition, clean air filters help improve indoor air quality, reducing airborne allergens, pollutants, bacteria, and more.
5. HVAC Maintenance Protects Your Health and Safety
Part of our maintenance checklist includes checking coolant levels and screening for leaks. Breathing in refrigerant fumes for a prolonged period may cause respiratory issues, eye irritation, and more. These side effects are rare, but a prolonged leak or spending large amounts of time in your home increase your risk.
6. Routine HVAC Maintenance Saves Money
Routine HVAC maintenance isn’t free, but it truly saves you money. In fact, you save money in numerus ways, including repairs, your power bill, and by extending the life of your unit.
We highly recommend scheduling your AC service in the spring, before summer’s heat strikes. Contact Northern Air for your free estimate and to learn more about our HVAC maintenance plan. Or, call 480-352-8710 to schedule your AC service today.