Exploring The Importance Of Air Conditioner Maintenance

Hello, my name is Darby Aldrich. I would like to talk to you about the importance of maintaining your air conditioning system. When I moved to a hot climate, I did not realize how vital having a running air conditioner was for living comfortably. When the unit just stopped working one day, the temperature inside the house rivaled the piping hot weather outdoors. We had to go to the community center to keep the kids from feeling sick. While we were gone, we had a local HVAC contractor fix the unit. She let us know that some simple maintenance tasks would prevent that situation in the future. I will use this site to closely explore those tasks in great detail. I hope you can use the information to keep your air conditioner running like new. Thanks.

Why Preventive Maintenance Of HVACS Is A Good Investment


Preventive maintenance of a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit may seem like an unnecessary expense to some people, but it is not. The fee paid for the maintenance of the system is actually an investment that you stand to recoup in the system's lifetime. Here are three ways in which you can recoup this investment:

Improved Energy Efficiency

A poorly maintained HVAC system loses its energy efficiency. According to some statistics, about half of the energy used in a typical American home goes to heating and cooling. This means you can save a lot on your energy costs by maintaining your HVAC system properly.

Here are some of the specific ways in which poor maintenance of an HVAC leads to energy wastage:

  • Poor maintenance leads to loose electrical connections, which leads to increased resistance and wasted electricity.
  • Dirty evaporator coils loose their cooling ability, which means the system has to run harder to keep your home cool.
  • Dirty and maladjusted blowers interfere with the smooth flow of air; this alone can reduce the HVAC's energy efficiency by 15%.

Improved Durability

HVAC systems can usually last between 10 and 20 years. Many factors, including preventive maintenance, determine whether your unit will be one of those that last a decade or two decades. For one, poor maintenance increases the rate of normal wear and tear. Secondly, it also increases the workload of the system, and an overloaded system is more likely to experience catastrophic failure than one that is operating within its normal range. Maintenance also helps to rectify small problems that, left unchecked, can lead to the death of the unit.

Ease of Budgeting

When you maintain your HVAC system as advised by manufacturers and technicians, you become intimately aware of its quirks. You get to know which component was affected by rust, which parts seem to be failing faster than they should, and which section of the system is prone to breakdowns. This gives you an edge as far as planning for repairs, or even the unit's replacement, is concerned.

For example, a technician cleaning your dirty and rusted evaporator coils can warn you that they aren't likely to last the unit's lifetime. With that tip, you can plan for the coil's replacement. If you don't carry out preventive maintenance, you won't have such advance warnings, and your system can fail at a time when you need it most, but can't afford a new one. Discover more here.


17 August 2016