An annual service check should be one of the first items on your spring/summer to-do list! Your unit sat idle all winter and before you turn it on, you should have it checked/serviced in case there are any problems.
Air conditioners can lose up to 5% of their original efficiency for each year of operation – especially without regular maintenance. The good news is that you can recover some of that lost efficiency with regular yearly maintenance. Studies show that with regular tune-ups a unit will maintain up to 95% of it’s original efficiency. This means that the cost of an annual tune-up is recovered very quickly in savings on your monthly electric bill and reduced repair costs.
With regular yearly maintenance, you can also help to extend the overall life span of the unit itself by as much as 5 years!
Another benefit of yearly checks is that your unit will be more reliable – less likely to break down mid-season.
You will also be using less energy and therefore lowering your carbon footprint – which positively effects the environment.
Here is a list of the most common items that need to be checked:
· Check for proper refrigerant levels
· Check all electrical components and controls
· Clean evaporator and condenser coils – dirty coils reduce energy efficiency
· Oil Motors as needed
· Check condenser for possible problems
Without regular maintenance and filter replacement – you could end up with a unit that looks like this!