Can Regular Maintenance Cut Air Conditioning Repair Costs?
Realistically, it's not always possible to avoid a few air conditioning issues every now and then. However, we're happy to tell you, yes, regular maintenance helps keep your AC repair costs lower. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many benefits that go along with preventative air conditioning maintenance. Below, we go over why a well-maintained cooling system saves you money and cuts repair-related costs.
Experiencing Fewer Costly Breakdowns
According to some estimates, surprise AC breakdowns can be reduced by more than 90 percent with regular maintenance. This alone has the potential to add up to significant savings during the lifetime of your cooling system. An air conditioning unit less susceptible to breakdowns is also one that's likely to last longer. You'll save money in this case by not having to invest in an entirely new AC system sooner than what's expected or typical.
Lowering AC-Related Operating Costs
An air conditioner that's maintained, as recommended, further enhances your savings by minimizing operating costs. In fact, the Department of Energy estimates a more efficient AC could shave as much as 30 percent off your energy bills. The savings come from the increased system efficiency that often goes along with regular air conditioning maintenance.
Keeping Your Warranty Valid
AC repairs can be more of a budget strain if any existing warranty coverage is no longer valid. This is a possibility if you fail to keep up with the minimum maintenance requirements mentioned in the manufacturer's warranty. Making sure your air conditioner is still under a valid warranty can mean hundreds of dollars in savings for certain parts that may need to be replaced during the warranty period.
Boosting Your Indoor Air Quality
Preventative AC maintenance can play a role in improving the quality of the air in your home. A properly tuned and maintained air conditioner is often better at filtering out airborne impurities. When the air quality in your home is better, your air conditioner doesn't have to work as hard to circulate conditioned air. This often contributes to fewer repair costs by minimizing wear and tear on various parts.
Spotting Potential AC Issues Early
Regular maintenance also reduces related repair costs by addressing more minor issues before they turn into full-blown AC emergencies. A routine AC inspection typically involves:
- An examination of all key indoor and outdoor components
- An assessment of overall system performance
- A check of refrigerant levels to determine if there may be leaks
- A look at electrical connections to check for wear or damage
If smaller issues with your cooling system are detected during a regular maintenance appointment, the fix often involves replacing a part or two. Some minor problems are also resolved by making a few adjustments, replacing the filter, cleaning dirty parts, or recalibrating the thermostat.
Call Us Today
Let the local HVAC experts from Command Service Center take care of all your air conditioning and indoor comfort needs. A good starting point with AC maintenance is to change your filter every 90 days or so – and more often when using your system regularly. Scheduling a routine AC checkup and tune-up is just as beneficial.
Contact us today to schedule an air conditioning maintenance appointment.