Our central air conditioners get a workout here in Atlanta and surrounding areas. Like anything mechanical (cars, computers, lawn mowers), they need proper cleaning and maintenance to deliver the best performance and durability.
Here are 3 reasons it is absolutely essential that you have your central air conditioning system – the outside condensing unit and the inside air handler or furnace – checked, cleaned and tuned up on a regular basis by an HVAC professional.
*See your owner’s manual for the time frame in which you should have this done. Some manufacturers even require it for the warranty to remain in full effect, which is just another reason to have your air conditioner cleaned and tuned up!
Cleaning and tuning the air conditioner will reduce mechanical problems
No Hot-Lanta area resident wants their central air conditioner to fail on one of our lovely 95 degree, 90% humidity days, right? Mechanical problems are the result of maintenance issues adding up. These include low refrigerant due to use or leaks, dirty coils, moving parts that need to be lubricated to prevent undue wear, partially plugged drain lines, components like the blower fan that are out of adjustment, and more. Regular cleaning and maintenance will help fix these problems as well as the hassle and expense they produce!
A tuned up, clean central air conditioner will give you the best efficiency.
Many of us buy high-efficiency central air conditioners in order to keep our monthly energy bills under control. An improperly maintained unit will suffer from reduced efficiency. If you have a 16 SEER central air conditioner that is only performing at 8 SEER – a distinct possibility if there are multiple maintenance issues – then you are paying twice as much to cool your home as you should be.
It is easy to see how having a qualified Atlanta HVAC contractor service your system will pay for itself many times over! This is especially true when you consider the last of the 3 reasons to have your central air conditioner cleaned and tuned.
An improperly tuned or dirty air conditioner will fail prematurely
You paid good money for that central air conditioner or heat pump, and repairs or replacement are expensive! A well-tuned and maintained central air conditioner should last for 15 years or more, even when workhorse duty is demanded of it here in metro Atlanta! Having to replace the unit in 8 or 9 years instead of 15 to 20 will hit your wallet hard. Even a unit that is under warranty when it breaks will be costly because most warranties do not cover labor costs after 1 year, and labor is often the largest part of the expense!
Things You Can Do on your Own!
Between maintenance and cleaning visits from the Atlanta HVAC contractor, you can do a few things to help.
- Hose the dust and debris off your outside condensing unit every couple of weeks, or after each lawn mowing.
- If it has a filter that needs to be washed or changed, do it as often as the manual suggests.
- Keep clutter away from the unit that may restrict air flow and cause it to overheat.
Ask the HVAC pro what other steps you can do. And always remember, in the event that your central air conditioner does need repair, be sure to get at least 3 estimates from qualified contractors to make sure you are getting the most competitive prices available.
These 3 reasons to clean and tune up your air conditioner provide motivation enough to have it done on a regular basis. An ounce of prevention here is worth a pound of cure!