While the rest of the country starts hunkering down for heating season, we still have some pretty warm weather to contend with. That means that you need to make sure to keep your air conditioner in top operating condition. The longer you rely on your air conditioner to keep your home cool on a daily basis, the more strain you’re going to put on it. That means an increased chance for problems to develop. Have a look at some of the best ways that you can keep your air conditioner healthy, and finish out cooling season strong.
Ideally, you will have already had preventive maintenance done on your air conditioner this last spring. That’s the ideal time to have maintenance conducted, before the added stress of cooling season is placed on the system. If you haven’t had it done yet this year, though, there’s no harm in doing it right now. In fact, it’s better to schedule preventive maintenance late than not at all.
The reason preventive maintenance is such a good idea for your air conditioner is because it allows your technician to locate problems that may not have started giving off symptoms yet. Preventive maintenance has the best track record of any method, as far as catching problems early and reducing damage dealt to the system. Air conditioners that receive regular maintenance have been shown to operate up to 40% more efficiently than systems that do not. They’ve also been shown to be up to 90% less likely to develop problems in the future. If you want to get the benefits of scheduling preventive maintenance for your air conditioner, though, you need to make sure that you schedule it every year.
Call for Repairs if You Have to
Please note that this does not mean “struggle on with an obvious problem in your air conditioner as long as possible before being forced to ask for professional help.” What this means is that as soon as you suspect that there’s a problem with your system, it’s a good idea to call a professional about it. Preventive maintenance goes a long way towards preventing issues from occurring, but it’s not fool-proof. There is still a pretty good chance that at some point in the lifespan of your air conditioner, you will have to deal with a problem between maintenance appointments. The faster you can have those problems dealt with, the better off your system will be.
There are a lot of different signs that your air conditioner might be experiencing problems. Dropping output, strange noises, and even higher monthly bills are all things that should raise mental red flags. What matters most, though, is that you call a professional rather than wait for things to get worse. If you even suspect that there’s a problem with your air conditioner, call for repairs.