If you want to prolong the life of your air conditioner, keep it performing efficiently, and save money and headaches on untimely repair or replacement, you need to have it serviced regularly. But just how “regular” are we talking about here? How often should you have a professional HVAC company inspect your AC unit?
The answer is [at the minimum] every one year.
It is recommended that you have your air conditioner inspected and serviced at least once a year. The best scenario is to have your AC unit serviced in the spring — just before the warm weather begins — to ensure your unit operates at peak energy efficiency and is ready to cool your house during the hot summer months of Corsicana, TX, where the annual high-temperature averages at 77ºF.
Are you looking for a professional AC repair company in Corsicana, TX, to service your air conditioner? Schedule an appointment with Area Wide Services today or visit our HVAC repair page for more information about our services.
Why Regular AC Service Is A Necessity?
- Prolonged system life: One of the biggest advantages of a yearly tuneup is that it can increase the lifespan of your air conditioner. Even a few extra years count for a lot when an AC replacement can run to thousands of dollars.
- Low energy costs: A regularly serviced air conditioner will also run more efficiently than the one that receives little or no care. The more efficient your AC, the less it needs to work harder to meet your comfort needs and the lower your energy costs.
- Fewer repair bills: Routine maintenance checks can catch and correct minor problems that could potentially turn into much bigger (and more expensive) repairs down the line.
- Optimal performance: Over time, dust and dirt settle on AC parts such as air filters and condensing coils. When left unchecked, this dirt buildup will restrict the airflow and affect the air conditioner’s operating efficiency.
Can You Service Your Own AC?
Not really… But the good thing is, you do not need a professional to do some basic “housekeeping.” There are a few things you can DIY your way through.
Changing the air filter, for example, is one of the most important — yet underrated — aspects of keeping the air clean and minimizing the air conditioner’s output. And it is pretty easy too. All you need to do is locate the filter slot in your air conditioner and replace the old filter to a new one. You can also refer to the instruction manual for steps for properly replacing the air filter. At a minimum, you should replace the air filters every six months (more frequently if you live in a very dusty area or have pets).
Additionally, you can also make sure your air conditioner stays clean. Clean any vents, and check that the outdoor unit is clean and that the intake is not clogged or covered by twigs or leaves. Some TLC and a small amount of cleaning go a long way to keeping your air conditioner in tip-top condition.
When To Call In Professionals?
When it is not just about basic housekeeping, you must bring in professionals. Perhaps there is a strange noise coming from your air conditioner every time you turn it on. Or worse, it is not actually blowing cool air or turning off and on by itself repeatedly. In any of these cases, it is best to call in the professionals [the earlier, the better]. You do not want to blow thousands of dollars on your entire air conditioner replacement because you ignored something that seemed not so important, do you? It is always better to be safe than sorry.
An expert technician will inspect your air conditioner thoroughly — including the external and internal components and the connections. They may also request to test your thermostat and check your vents and ducts for signs of damage or grime. If any repairs appear to be necessary, they will notify you beforehand. Overall, these minor repairs will keep your systems running smoothly and help prolong their life span.
Is Your Air Conditioner In Need Of A Professional Service?
If you want to save money on energy bills and unforeseen breakdowns, turn to Area Wide Services today.
Our licensed Corsicana TX Air Conditioning Specialists can diagnose and repair minor problems with your AC unit before they grow into larger, more expensive issues. We will look at everything — air ducts, air filters, insulation, obstructions, etc. — and give you tips on how to keep your AC system fully-functional and long-lasting.
If you did not have your air conditioner and ducts inspected this past spring, request an inspection soon. Give us a call at (903) 874-5298 to speak with an AC pro today!