End of Summer AC Maintenance Could Help You Save Money Next Spring

September 18, 2020

Once the summer winds down, consider having the air conditioner inspected and tuned up before it goes into hibernation. One immediate reason for this is that the rates can be cheaper at the end of summer than at the beginning of spring. Regardless of the timing, though, the important thing is to have it done at least annually. We layout the benefits below.

Prevents Problems Linked to a Dirty AC

All through the summer, your AC may have collected dirt and debris. It starts with the filter, which, if it’s the pleated kind, will become clogged after 60 to 90 days, depending on outdoor pollution levels and whether or not you own pets. Then there’s the evaporator coil inside the air handler, which will develop an insulating layer of dirt over time even with regular filter replacement.

Dirty filters restrict airflow while dirty evaporator coils cannot effectively absorb the heat from your air. The former wears down the AC, and the latter causes lukewarm cooling. A tune-up can prevent this because it covers both filter replacement and coil cleaning.

Prevents System Breakdowns

A poorly maintained AC develops problems that can eventually contribute to complete system failure. For example, fan motor failure and low refrigerant levels can cause overheating, but with maintenance, you can have the fan motor and refrigerant line checked.

Saves Money in the Long Run

Well-maintained central ACs can reach their full potential, lasting an average of 15 years, while mini-splits can give you 20 years of stellar performance. You save money indirectly, then, by being able to put off replacement. With maintenance, your AC runs more smoothly, too, which brings down your energy bills.

Hire Our NATE-Certified Technicians

While you may replace the filters and do other maintenance tasks on your own, you ultimately want a professional to handle the tune-up in its entirety. This is where Dogtown Heating, Air & Plumbing comes in. We have NCI and EPA certifications. Call us today for an appointment in Paxton, IL. We look forward to helping with all of your indoor home comfort needs.

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