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How Regular Maintenance Can Help You Avoid Expensive AC Repairs

You should schedule regular AC maintenance for your Sanford home once a year. The ideal time for this is at the beginning of spring before you’re using your air conditioner heavily. Investing in maintenance now will help you save money in the long run. It improves your energy efficiency, indoor air quality and system lifespan. Getting maintenance now will also help you avoid expensive AC repairs later.

Ensuring Thermostat Function

Your thermostat is a critical component in your home’s cooling system. If it’s not sending the right message to your air conditioner, you won’t get the comfort that you’re after. As part of your annual tune-up, our technicians check the thermostat’s function to make sure it’s reading temperatures correctly and communicating with your air conditioner as it should.

If your thermostat isn’t operating accurately, we’ll help remedy the problem early, so you can enjoy proper calibration and performance. If you don’t have another thermometer in your home, you might not know when your thermostat is off. We’ll make sure you catch this problem early.

Keeping the Electricity Flowing

Electricity needs to flow freely through your air conditioner to give you the powerful cooling experience that you’re interested in. During every maintenance visit, our technicians check your electrical connections, cleaning and adjusting as needed. We make sure your wires are in good condition and all connections are secure. This will prevent future problems, such as your air conditioner losing power entirely.

Checking Your Refrigerant Charge

Your air conditioner relies on refrigerant to effectively cool the air. The blower pushes air over chilled refrigerant-filled coils. The refrigerant absorbs heat from the air and transfers it outside, returning fresh cool air to the house. AC systems can develop leaks over time that let refrigerant seep out.

During your maintenance visit, we always check the air conditioner’s refrigerant levels. If the levels are low, our technicians will seek out the source of the problem, repairing any cracks or leaks and topping off your refrigerant so you can get better efficiency from your system again. It’s much better to identify refrigerant leaks early, so you can avoid the major repair that’s necessary if the crack gets worse and ends up spilling your refrigerant more quickly.

Cleaning Up Your Air Conditioner

Cycling air throughout your home can be a dirty business. Over time, your air conditioner is likely to accumulate dust and dirt on the evaporator coils, fan blades, and other areas. During your tune-up, our technicians thoroughly clean all of these areas, so you’ll enjoy better efficiency and cleaner, healthier air.

If dirty coils are ignored, they significantly reduce your system’s efficiency. As the air conditioner works harder to cool the air through a layer of dust, it will experience added strain on the motor and compressor which may ultimately cause these parts to fail. Dirty blades cause a similar problem, putting so much extra strain on your motor that the part may stop working entirely.

With regular maintenance, you can extend the life of these critical components. Simply keeping them clean will make a notable difference in how they perform. A tune-up now is likely to help you avoid many premature part replacements in the future.

Providing Replacements Early

In cases where you do need new components for your system, a tune-up can help you identify the issue before you’re dealing with a more costly repair. If parts are left to fail on their own, they will likely drag down your efficiency dramatically in the weeks or months leading up to the repair. When the part does fail, it may cause more extensive damage to the whole system. It’s always better to identify and address these problems early, which is exactly what maintenance visits will allow you to do.

If you haven’t had AC maintenance in the last 12 months, you’re overdue. Call Del-Air Heating and Air Conditioning at (888) 831-2665 to schedule your appointment. With routine tune-ups from our knowledgeable technicians, you can avoid many costly repair needs in the future.