In addition to the thousand other things you have on your to-do list as a homeowner, yearly AC maintenance should be near the top of the list. It's quick, easy, and it can save you a ton of money in future AC repairs. But how exactly? Find out below.
By Spotting Potential Problems
Air conditioners are surprisingly complex. Whether you're talking about the ductwork that is running throughout your house, or the different components inside your air conditioning unit itself, just about anything can go wrong with your system and require a major repair. Even something as simple as a fan blade that has become dislodged can either scrape the inside of your system or roll around inside your ductwork and cause hundreds of dollars in AC repairs. A thorough air conditioning inspection will be able to spot if that fan blade is already loose - or if there's something else that's taking place that has the potential to cause issues - and take care of it before you have to schedule a major AC repair service.
By Preventing Buildup
One of the responsibilities that every homeowner is to have towards their home's HVAC system is replacing the air filters every 3 to 6 months. Failure to do that can result in a system that is clogged up and has a ton of gunk and dirt in the ductwork and in the actual unit itself. Over time, this dirt can clog up the system and cause it to work harder and cause premature deterioration, and even an eventual replacement. Though you might not notice that your system is working harder, if you see that your energy bills are increasing, that means that you have a system that is on the verge of failure. Regular AC maintenance cleans the ductwork as well as your system to ensure that it's working as efficiently as possible.
By Conforming to Warranties
Depending on your home contract, your warrantor may require regular inspection in order to keep your home's HVAC system up to certain standards. If you fail to do this per the terms of the contract, any repairs that may need to take place will come out of your pocket instead of your warrantor's. Most will require proof of a professional inspection instead of simply allowing the homeowner to perform their own visual inspection, so make sure you get a receipt or some kind of documentation to prove an HVAC inspector was on your property.