As the summer season rolls in, it’s time to start thinking about AC maintenance. The last thing you want to do is suffer through a sweltering Pittsburgh summer with no AC unit. AC maintenance can be easy to forget about, but it is a critical part of keeping your unit running efficiently throughout the warmer months.
At Jacob Heating & Cooling, we’ve put together the top reasons you should get an AC tune-up.
Like any piece of equipment, dust and debris can build up in your AC unit throughout the year. While you can clean off the outside of the unit, you can’t reach the internal coils and other parts that a professional can access and maintain.
While you may not think a little bit of dust or debris will make a difference, it can have a major impact on how your air conditioner functions. For example, the coils inside of the unit work on a process called heat exchange. This means they absorb the heat and release it to create the energy and pressure needed to cool down your home.
Coils that are coated in dirt, dust, and debris can make it more difficult for the unit to operate and will force the unit to work harder and less efficiently. By having the unit professionally serviced, you can have this dust and debris removed, improving the unit’s efficiency.
As we mentioned above, if your AC is dirty, it will need to work harder to cool your home. If you don’t have your AC maintained every year, it can lead to higher energy costs, and if you continue to run your AC without proper maintenance, it can shorten the unit’s lifespan and cause a need for more repairs.
You can expect your AC to last about 15 to 20 years, depending on a variety of factors, such as how frequently it is used. Its lifespan will also be longer or shorter depending on how often you maintain the unit.
Your AC is much like your vehicle in the way that it requires regular maintenance to work properly. Forgoing yearly maintenance can put a strain on your AC system and can cause an early breakdown.
An AC tune-up is what is known as preventative maintenance. During this type of maintenance, our AC technicians will do a full inspection inside and outside of your AC unit to check for any issues that could lead to a breakdown.
Our AC tune-up services are an easy and effective way to keep your unit running efficiently throughout the summer season. We’ve dealt with our fair share of AC breakdowns that could’ve been avoided by using preventative maintenance.
With an AC tune-up, you can make your unit more efficient, which can help lower your monthly energy bill. As we mentioned earlier in the article, dirt and debris on the internal coils can cause your AC to work harder and less efficiently. Without proper maintenance, your AC will work harder, use more energy, and drive up your energy costs.
When you purchased your air conditioner, you likely were also given a warranty by the manufacturer that covers certain issues that could occur. Most warranties require you to complete yearly maintenance on your unit to keep the warranty valid.
Skipping the yearly maintenance or trying to maintain the unit yourself could lead to voiding the warranty. Our expert technicians can maintain your AC unit and help you stay within the warranty requirements every year.
We recommend that you have your AC unit maintained once before the summer and then again prior to the winter season. Schedule your tune-up in early spring before it gets too hot, and then you should have your furnace tuned up before winter before it gets too cold.
This will ensure that your HVAC system is functioning properly throughout the year.
Your air conditioner is a crucial part of your home and comfort. To ensure it can perform throughout the summer, contact us today to schedule your AC tune-up!