Even if you're headed into the cold winter months, there are still a lot of people in the United States that have their air conditioner going full blast. But whether you're using it nonstop or putting it to bed for a few months, you should still make regular AC system maintenance a part of your yearly planning schedule for your home. Doing so can actually save you money, for the reasons are outlined below.
Even though modern-day air conditioning units are much more reliable than they used to be, that doesn't mean that they can operate flawlessly without any hiccups. The condenser coils can freeze, the fan blades can become dislodged, or the air vents can become separated, all of which require a professional AC repair technician. Fortunately, regular maintenance will not only be able to prevent these issues by regularly lubricating and cleaning the inside of the unit, but they can also spot major problems before they develop, saving you thousands of dollars in future repair bills.
Air conditioning units last an incredibly long time — around 15 to 20 years, on average. But not every air conditioning system makes it that long; in fact, many break down at the halfway point simply because they're not maintained properly. Regular AC system maintenance reduces the wear and tear on your unit, which will, in turn, allow it to last a lot longer. Considering the fact that new AC units can run anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000, if you don't get into the habit of maintaining your unit, you'll end up replacing your air conditioner a few extra times in your life and spend a lot of money you wouldn't have had to otherwise.
Lower Energy Bills
The increase in wear and tear on your system not only causes your parts to fail prematurely, but it will also drive your utility bills up. Utility rates are actually on the rise across the entire nation, and if your usage is rising along with that, then your bills can become substantially larger in just a few years. An AC system that is maintained properly will work far more efficiently than one that is struggling to blow cold air throughout your house, and an efficient system will keep your energy usage low. Your utility bills will stay lower as a result, keeping your money in your pocket where it belongs.