How Regular A/C Maintenance Will Save You Money
Whether a home’s HVAC system is new or it’s a few years old, it needs regular maintenance to run smoothly and efficiently. With an air conditioning maintenance plan and air conditioner repair from Kenneth McDonald Plumbing & HVAC, Inc., you can ensure your system works without major interruptions. Here, you can learn how your home and your wallet can benefit from an energy maintenance agreement.
Improved Indoor Air Quality
With a preventive maintenance and air conditioner repair plan, changing the air filters is one of the first items on the to-do list. Almost all residential HVAC systems rely on reusable or disposable filters to trap debris, dirt, dust and particulates before they get into the system and cause damage to moving parts. Without a filter, a system will quickly gather debris that can drastically reduce efficiency and compromise its integrity. Because air filters gather so much dust and dirt, they should be changed at least every 90 days, or more often in dry and dusty areas. A clean air filter does much to improve the quality of the air inside your home. Because filters trap dust mites, pollen and bacteria, they can help sensitive individuals breathe easier while potentially reducing the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
If you’re worried about efficiency, an energy maintenance and AC repair agreement from us is a smart investment. Along with comprehensive inspection and monitoring of system parts and operation, we’ll clean the system regularly. Though you may dust the outside of the unit yourself, cleaning the inside of an AC unit is a job that’s better left to the experts. Accumulated particles on interior parts can cause a home AC unit to lose up to 5% of its efficiency every year; after several years, you may notice the decline in higher cooling bills. With a maintenance agreement, however, you can keep your heating and cooling system running efficiently for as long as possible.
Lower Operational Costs
Along with making the system more energy efficient, scheduled maintenance can lead to lower energy consumption and more manageable energy spending. When an HVAC unit and thermostat doesn’t have to struggle to cool the home, it uses less energy, which translates to lower bills. That’s something you can definitely appreciate!
Along with improved efficiency, maintenance plans can potentially detect small problems before they turn into big, dangerous ones. For example, a broken or dirty heat exchanger can cause an unsafe operating condition, and a faulty gas line can cause a leak or an explosion. Without scheduled maintenance, you may not find these issues until carbon monoxide reaches harmful levels or a fire starts. Ask one of our technicians about installing a carbon monoxide detector in the home for additional protection.
Fewer Big Repairs
For most homeowners, the only indication of a major HVAC issue is insufficient heating or cooling when it’s needed. By the time the problem gets to this level, a quick fix may be insufficient, and it may mean a few days of discomfort and inconvenience. When you buy a preventive maintenance agreement from us, you won’t have to worry—because our technicians will regularly inspect the system, check fluids and assess the unit’s general condition.
What to Expect
During a scheduled tune-up, we start by checking the settings on the thermostat to ensure energy efficient operation. Following that, we will evaluate and tighten connections and lubricate moving components, and we’ll inspect the condensate drain as well. We’ll finish up by cleaning the condenser and evaporator coils, adjusting the refrigerant level and calibrating blower components. With our maintenance plan, you can be assured your system won’t need as much major AC repair.
Longer System Lifespan
When you get your system maintained at least twice per year, it will operate more efficiently and smoothly over its lifespan. The average system starts to show its age at roughly ten years, and they can last up to 20 years with proper care. The thermostat is typically the longest-lasting part, and it can stick around for 30 years before needing replacement. With a maintenance plan, you can ensure your system’s operation is optimized and keep its components working better, for longer.
Though you can’t predict when your HVAC system will fail, it tends to happen during times of peak demand. If your home’s heating and cooling system breaks down during the hottest days of summer or the coldest part of winter, you might find yourself waiting for repairs. If you don’t have a maintenance provider on call, asking for references and doing research will delay the process even further.
When you don’t want to deal with the hassle and discomfort of waiting for emergency repairs, getting an energy Maintenance Plan from us is a wise choice indeed. With the plan, you’ll get priority service, which means you’re at the head of the line if you have a problem with your HVAC unit. You’ll also get a discount on labor and materials, which means you don’t have to break the bank to get the repairs you need.