With summer right around the corner, you might be asking yourself, “How often do I need my AC serviced?” Now’s the time!. While it might be tempting to wait until it’s hot outside, spring is really the best time to schedule AC maintenance.
But in addition to when, you also need to know how often. In general, standard air conditioners require yearly maintenance whereas a heat pump that’s used all year long typically requires maintenance every six months.
At Climate Masters, we believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. For this reason, we also know why scheduling St. Augustine air conditioning service in the spring is so important.
In this post, we’ll go over why spring is the best time to schedule AC maintenance and how it can offer benefits all year long.
Benefits of AC Maintenance
Prepped for First-Time Use
After sitting dormant during the fall and winter, it’s not uncommon to have dirt and dust build up inside your AC. And while you might think that it’s not a big deal, not scheduling maintenance before using your AC can be costly.
Without proper cleaning, your system might not run as efficiently as it should. This can include improper cycling, either running too long or not running long enough. In turn, this can cause undue wear and tear on your AC, significantly decreasing its lifespan.
Maintained AC systems simply work better than one that’s not. Whether it’s ensuring that the belts are properly lubricated to replacing the air filter so air can flow freely, air conditioners that are serviced in the spring work better during the summer.
Waiting until the middle of summer or even the fall to service your AC can result in dirt building up on the coils, improper airflow and ultimately, higher-than-expected energy bills.
Fewer Service Calls
Another perk of scheduling springtime maintenance is fewer emergency service calls. During the summer, your AC works hard to keep your home cool. Thankfully, proper maintenance in the spring can ward off expensive emergency calls in the summer.
With regularly scheduled maintenance, modern-day AC systems can last between 15 to 20 years with older models having an expected life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. Heat pumps, when maintained every six months, can last upwards of 15 years. Without regular spring maintenance, the life expectancy is typically cut in half.
It’s also important to note that if your AC is relatively new or still under warranty, not scheduling maintenance could make your warranty null and void. That’s why it’s always a good idea to schedule preventive maintenance in the spring and also in the fall if you use a heat pump year-round.
One of our expert technicians can help your AC get the attention and care it deserves.