The days continue to be fairly warm around here, even as other parts of the country start to fire up their heating systems to stay comfortable. If you’re still relying on your air conditioner to keep you cool on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to take some steps to make sure that it stays in top operating condition. If you’re not sure what you should be doing to make sure that your air conditioner is able to cope with the strain of daily use, don’t worry! We’ve outlined the two most important tips you should follow below.
Schedule Preventive Maintenance
Preventive maintenance is the single best thing you can do for your air conditioner. Most of the issues that occur in air conditioners go unnoticed until they have had plenty of time to cause damage. If you want to limit the damage that your air conditioner incurs from various malfunctions, the best thing you can do is make sure that they are caught before they progress far enough to cause serious issues. That means scheduling preventive maintenance for your system.
A preventive maintenance appointment involves close examination of the entire system. Your professional technician will be able to isolate problem areas, as well as parts of the system that might malfunction in the near future. These areas can be dealt with before they get far enough along to actually become problematic. Air conditioners that receive regular maintenance are up to 90% less likely to develop problems in the future. They’re also up to 40% more energy efficient. By consistently scheduling preventive maintenance for your system, you can save thousands of dollars on repair and operating costs over the life of your air conditioner. You have to schedule it consistently if you want to reap those benefits, though. Preventive maintenance for air conditioners is usually conducted during the spring season. It’s better to have it conducted late than not to have it done at all, of course.
Call for Repairs If You Suspect a Problem
Preventive maintenance can dramatically reduce the likelihood of problems occurring with your air conditioner. However, it cannot guarantee that you will never deal with a malfunction between appointments. If that does happen, the best thing you can do is call for repairs as soon as possible. It’s important that you be able to recognize some of the signs that your air conditioner is in need of professional repair services, including:
- Weird Noises: Any kind of odd noise could indicate that a part of your system is malfunctioning in some way. What exactly is malfunctioning, and how severe the malfunction is, will depend on the noise. You’ll need to have a professional examine the system to know for certain.
- Dropping Output: Low output from an air conditioner is never a good sign. Make sure you call for repairs any time your system appears to be under-performing for no reason.