Our homes air conditioners work tirelessly most days to battle against rising temperatures and humidity that Mother Nature delivers relentlessly. In fact the average air conditioner in the Atlanta area will run more than 3,000 hours every year while cycling on and off thousands of times. All of these issues place an enormous workload on every part of the air conditioning system. System wear, poor indoor air quality, and energy savings – all add up to make an air conditioning tune-up necessary every year.
The first key reason for an air conditioning tune up is system wear. This equates to metal moving against metal, metal heating to extremely high temperatures and also cooling to extremely low temperatures. This means friction, grinding, and ultimate failure. The good news is that your home’s air conditioner was designed to resist these stresses for several years but only if proper preventative maintenance is being performed every year. Today’s air conditioners contain countless motors, blades, pistons, rings, valves and more to meet the federal required SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings. Each of these parts requires adjusting, lubricating, securing and monitoring every year to prevent premature system failure.
The second key reason for an air conditioning tune-up is poor indoor air quality. The air inside your home is actually up to 10 times more polluted than outside air. Your home’s air is overloaded with dead skin particles, human hair & dander, and pet hair & dander. Every day this accumulates on the surfaces of your air conditioner components.
All this recirculates through your air conditioning system everyday which makes it worse. A thorough annual cleaning of your air conditioning system will remove this and make your home’s air safer and cleaner.
The third key reason to tune-up your air conditioner is energy savings. As the from the air accumulates on the surfaces of your air conditioner which makes it harder for the system to do its job. Left un-cleaned your air conditioner will slowly cool less and your utility bills will get higher and higher every month.
Now that we covered why it’s important to perform air conditioning tune-ups, let’s take a look at when tune-ups make sense. The answer is always, every year. Having your air conditioner cleaned once a year provides the exact balance to both save the most money on your utility bills, provide the proper amount of preventative maintenance all at the lowest maintenance cost possible.
In addition to saving you money, yearly preventive maintenance extends the life of your equipment and reduces costly and untimely breakdowns. This holds true for heating tune-ups as well. The best way to meet all your air conditioning and heating preventative maintenance is through our planned maintenance program.