Advantages of Regular A/C Maintenance

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 A/C 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.

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.

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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

It is awesome when appliances are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty, but not so great when you find out that your warranty is void because of failure to regularly maintain the appliance. Many manufacturer’s warranties require the homeowner to have the Air Conditioning unit regularly tuned-up in order to keep the warranty in tact.

Consistent Cooling

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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

Well this one is just a given. Let your A/C unit go long enough without any sort of preventative maintenance and you are sure to encounter some problems. Your not going to avoid the dentist for years and not expect to get a cavity are you? A/C maintenance will catch problems before they begin and in most cases before they get too bad. Once your A/C needs repair, it’s likely that you will experience more repairs more frequently.

Extended Life

Your A/C unit was an investment and you want to make that investment stretch as far as you possibly can. An A/C unit that is properly maintained could have years of cooling power over a unit that has been neglected. A well maintained unit could last close to 15 years!

When to get your A/C 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 A/C 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!

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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 (708) 687-6898.

Choosing the Right Company for Air Conditioning Repair

It seems that everywhere you go, the natives of the area are always saying how the weather is incredibly unpredictable. Well, in Chicago, that overused cliche actually happens to be true. We really never know what is going to happen from one day to another.

This is why it is important to be prepared when you need help with your Air Conditioning Unit this summer. In the heat of the summer, a small A/C issue could turn into a quick disaster! The best advice we can give you is to do your homework and find a quality Heating & Cooling company before disaster strikes.

However finding a quality Heating & Cooling Company in the Chicago area is easier said than done. Here is a guide to follow when deciding on the right company to call when the need for air conditioning repair arises.

Guide to Choosing the right A/C Repair Company

There are many things to consider when choosing an HVAC company that you can trust for your air conditioning repair. Of course you can always wait until the problem happens, then, choose one of the first companies that pops up on Google. However, to save yourself some time, money and possibly some headaches from dealing with incompetent companies, do your research before your a/c needs repair.

Experience Matters

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Anytime you are having work done on your home, it is important to look for an experienced company. A company that has been around for a while is obviously doing something right. With years of industry experience, they have most likely have the hands on experience that other younger companies might be lacking. You might also find that a company who has been in business for many years will know how to treat their customers, and will be organized in their processes, making your overall experience a better one.

Guarantees on Service

It is always awesome when you can experience great service the first time; but it is a bonus when you find a company that offers guarantees or warranties on their service! Air conditioning repair is a complicated business; and any number of things can go wrong at any time. So when a company is willing to put a guarantee on their services, it means that they are confident enough in the quality of service that they provide; and they will not put the responsibility on you, if for some reason, something were to go wrong.

Quality Technicians

A company is only as good as their employees. When you find a company that invests in their employees and technicians, it means that they want the best for their customers. When scoping out air conditioning repair companies, look for indications that their technicians are NATE Certified. Also, good companies provide opportunities for their technicians to learn on a regular basis. Lastly, just like a company, technicians are wiser when they have some industry experience behind them. The company that you choose should spend the time and resources investing in their technicians.

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Service Hours

As you know, when it comes to Air Conditioning Repair, Monday through Friday 8-5 does not really apply. You never know when you will need an air conditioning professional, so it is best to find a company that provides 24/7 emergency service. The air conditioning repair company that you choose should be there for you when you need them, which includes all hours of the day, weekends, and holidays. Now be careful, because some companies will claim to have 24/7 emergency service, but then they will charge you extra for repair work done outside of the normal work hours. Give the company a call if you need to and ask them up front if this emergency service comes with a larger price tag.

Makes and Models

A/C Repair is not one size fits all. There are various makes and models that a company should have the know-how and equipment, to handle. Make sure that the air conditioning company that you choose has the ability to repair all makes and models of air conditioning units.

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Cost

Beware when the cost of air conditioning repair seems too good to be true. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. On the other hand you should not have to take out a loan to get your air conditioning repaired. To help with costs, some companies will even offer service specials that give you a discount. Also, try to find a company that will offer free estimates on repairs, so that you are not having to pay just to have the problem assessed.

Ask

One of the best ways to find a quality air conditioning repair company is to ask your family and friends. Even if they have had a horrendous experience, that is one company you can cross off your list and not waste your time with. People love sharing their experiences with others and passing along their favorite companies for other people to use.

King Heating & Cooling

In the search for the heating & cooling company that will meet your expectations, consider putting King Heating & Cooling on your list. We have been in business for the last 45 years; and over that time, we have been able to help thousands of people with their air conditioning repairs. Our staff and technicians focus on providing the very best service for our customers.

We provide a 1 year warranty for parts and labor for all repairs and our customers also receive a 100% satisfaction guarantee. So if for some reason, the job is not completed to your expectations the first time, we make sure to continue our work until the job is done right!

Every one of our technicians is NATE Certified and trained regularly to keep up with the most current industry knowledge. Even more than that, they are friendly professional, and will make your air conditioning repair experience as easy as possible.

We understand that it is impossible to predict when an air conditioning problem will arise. In order for us to be there for our customers when they need us the most, we offer 24 hour, 7 days a week emergency service.

We hope that you use this guide to help find the right air conditioning repair company that will give you the best overall experience. If you would like more information on King Heating & Cooling, give us a call at (708) 687-6898.