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Advantages of regular AC maintenance

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When was the last time you thought about your Air Conditioner? You know that appliance that keeps your living space comfortable and cool throughout the warmest months of summer. If you are like most people, they don’t think about their A/C unit until there is a problem. Unfortunately, by the time there is a problem, you are finding yourself in a hot house and possibly facing some pricey repair work. Your Air Conditioning unit would greatly benefit from regular maintenance the same way that your car does. Why do you take your car in for regular oil changes? To make sure that it is running efficiently and to avoid costly repairs that would be needed if the car wasn’t taken in for regular oil changes. Same goes for your A/C unit. Scheduling regular A/C Maintenance will be a benefit for you in more ways than one.

How Regular AC Maintenance Can Benefit You

A/C maintenance is more important than you might think. In addition to helping your Air Conditioner run better and avoiding future problems, you will also be saving precious time and money.

Get more performance from your system

Is your current cooling spotty, with one room feeling like an icebox and another feeling like it might as well be outside in the heat? This might be caused by your air conditioner needing a tune-up. Thanks to the wear placed on parts or the buildup of dust, your system might not only be compromised in terms of energy efficiency, but might have—overall—less cooling power. Sans maintenance, you’re effectively paying more for less air conditioning.

Efficiency

Have you noticed that your electricity bills this summer have been similar to the temperatures outside: climbing up and up, with no relief in sight? There might be a correlation between skipping your AC tune-up and your higher bills. Without annual maintenance, your air conditioner will continually lose efficiency as dust and other contaminants build up in the system and air leaks appear.

However, an AC tune-up from the professionals at King can help you restore efficiency to your system. Over the course of a summer, a tune-up can lead to major savings on your electricity bills. If you’ve been suffering energy bill sticker shock, give King a call. Our NATE-certified technicians will treat your air conditioner right and make sure it’s operating at maximum efficiency.

Keeping your A/C as efficient as possible is the goal when it comes to cooling your home. During the summer month especially, your A/C unit is probably getting a lot of use! In fact, you are probably using it for a good majority of time out of every day. All of this use means that your A/C is working hard and could probably use some TLC to help it continue to do it’s job efficiently. Even if your A/C is still cooling your home, it might be having to work harder to do so if it isn’t properly maintained. What this means is that components might start to fail and your cooling costs along with the consistent temperature in your home may start to rise.

Money Savings

It’s very common to think of spending extra money when you think about regular A/C maintenance. But in fact, the opposite is true. By scheduling regular and routine maintenance on your air conditioning unit, you are saving yourself money right away as well as in the long run. An A/C unit that is properly maintained will be costing you much less every month on energy costs. 50% of your energy bill is attributed to your cooling costs and if your A/C is having to work harder to cool your home than it should then you will be watching those energy bill start to increase month after month.

Also, giving your hard working A/C unit the attention it deserves will keep it in excellent condition! This will not only help you avoid costly repairs but will extend it’s life giving you more years of cooling power before it’s time to replace your A/C unit for a new one.

Maintaining Your Warranty

Many air conditioning manufacturers actually stipulate in their warranty agreement that the system needs to have a certified technician look at it every year. Otherwise, the warranty is considered voided, and you’ll no longer be able to benefit from the perk should your air conditioner break down in the years after. Schedule your AC maintenance with King Heating and Cooling to keep your warranty intact.

Consistent Cooling

It’s always frustrating during the summer months when your house is nice and cool one minute and warming up the next. Or even if your bedroom feels like an ice box, but the living room is a sauna. Inconsistent cooling is unfortunately one of the side effects of an improperly maintained air conditioning unit. Your air conditioner, when working properly, should be able to consistently maintain the desired temperature through all of the rooms in your home, keeping you from running around like a crazy person trying to gain some cooling stability. A little maintenance on that A/C unit will keep your home comfortable and cool all summer long.

Reduced Repairs

No one likes having their air conditioner break down in the middle of the summer. Yet, that’s when it’s likeliest to do just that: after all, there are some days where it’s running nearly 24-7! If your AC does go down, King can help with that. But, if you’re looking for a way to prevent the need for repairs in the first place, consider getting an AC tune-up with us.

In fact, up to 80% of all repairs can be avoided altogether with regular maintenance. It’s one of the reasons that a tune-up is most effective in the spring, before summer arrives. If there’s something not quite right with your air conditioner—such as grime buildup on the coils or a loose bolt—our trained technicians can catch it before it becomes a crisis.

Extended Life

Most air conditioning systems last between 15-20 years, depending on the make and model, how often it was used, and—most importantly—what kind of maintenance it has received. Annual tune-ups not only improve your system’s energy efficiency and help prevent breakdowns. They can also benefit your air conditioner in the long term, by giving it a chance at a longer life.

A system with years of dust and grime built up in it has to work harder, which results in even greater wear-and-tear on the machine. Plus, not replacing failing parts puts the entire air conditioner at risk of being damaged. An AC tune-up won’t make your home’s system last forever, but it will give it better odds at a longer life.

Improve your indoor air quality

Now that we’ve discussed how the buildup of dust and pollutants in your air conditioner could have a negative impact on your system’s energy efficiency, let’s discuss another impact. Dust, dirt, and pollutants can clog your system’s filter over time. Without the cleaning or filter change that comes as part of AC maintenance from King, your system will eventually send material into your home’s air via the ductwork. That’s pollutants and dust that you have to breathe in. Consider this: you spend a large amount of time—including your sleep—in your home. It’s one thing to inhale such materials on your 15-minute commute; it’s another thing entirely to breathe in pollution during your nine hours of rest.

If you have allergies or are sensitive to dust from the outside, an AC tune-up might help to remove the amount of pollutants entering your home. In combination with other services—such as air duct cleaning—AC maintenance can really help you breathe easier.

When to get your AC serviced

It is recommended that you have regular A/C maintenance done once a year. The ideal time to get it done is right before you plan on consistently using it, typically during the spring months. Scheduling it during this time will make sure that it is in the best condition to keep your home cool all summer long.

What is done during AC maintenance?

Every HVAC company is different in their maintenance process, but we offer our customers a 40-point inspection. This includes inspecting refrigerant levels and amp draws, capacitors, motors, contractors, etc. We also give our customers a little extra and inspect their duct work to make sure that they aren’t loosing precious cool are through their duct system. We do a very thorough inspection to make sure that your A/C will continue to work efficiently throughout the summer months and will save you money on cooling costs!

Our AC maintenance tips for the start of summer

The summer season has arrived in the U.S. This the time that you should focus on your home air conditioner maintenance, if you haven’t already done so. The heat and dust, along with long hours of operation, can take a toll on your cooling device. However, you can lessen the risk of a mechanical breakdown through an air conditioner tune-up. In this blog post, we’ll share some of our AC maintenance tips.

Regular maintenance of the air conditioner will ensure that the system performs efficiently. This will result in reduced energy bills, and your system will last longer as well. Knowing which air conditioner maintenance task to perform can help in ensuring optimum operation of the cooling device.

1. Have King inspect and replace the filter

The filter is one of the most important components of the air conditioner. A dirty filter can result in accelerated wear-and-tear on the cooling device. At the start of the summer, you should inspect the filter.

In case the filter is dirty, you should clean or replace it. A clean filter will ensure efficient flow of air. This will result in increased air conditioner efficiency. An efficient air conditioner will not draw excess power to operate resulting in reduced energy bills.

2. Have King examine the coils

Another important component of the air conditioner are the coils. Air conditioner coils capture heat from inside the house and release them outside the house. Dirty coils will not be able to efficiently dissipate heat. As a result, the system will heat up quickly.

Ultimately, the system will break down due to overheating. You should have a professional air conditioner technician inspect the coils and clean or replace them if required. Of all our AC maintenance tips, this could make the most difference in preventing a system breakdown.

3. Have King check the AC drain line

Over time, your air conditioner drain line can develop a leak. This will result in water accumulating around the unit. If the water gets inside the system, it can result in system failure. In order to avoid this fate, it’s important that you check the drain line regularly. In case of a leak or clogged drain line, you should have a technician perform the necessary repairs.

4. Do all of the above by scheduling AC maintenance from King

The start of the summer season is a great time to schedule an AC tune-up. Our professional technician will perform a thorough inspection of the unit. We’ll lubricate parts, check electrical components, test the refrigerant levels, inspect the wiring, and more. This can result in the energy-efficient operation of the system, thereby saving you money due to reduced bills and less frequent breakdowns over time.

Professional HVAC Companies

Finding the right HVAC company that you can trust can be difficult. It’s hard to know if you are getting exactly what you are paying for or if the company is going to try to get you to buy something you don’t really need. At King Heating & Cooling, we take care of our customers and make sure that they receive the most honest, fair, and reliable service. We would be more than happy to help you with your regular air conditioning maintenance. Please give us a call anytime.