We often take our air conditioners for granted. Until they stop working, they remain unnoticed and under appreciated. But ignoring your AC can be a costly and inconvenient practice. Just like your car, your AC is a machine that needs fluids, lubricants, and check-ups to keep it in top working condition. Otherwise, it could leave you stranded in a hot house in the dead of summer. An annual inspection can guarantee efficient and reliable air and give you some peace of mind.
Servicing your air conditioner saves you money on both prevention and efficiency. By having a technician come out and inspect your AC unit, it increases the chance that they will catch a small problem before it becomes a major, expensive problem. It also ensures that your AC is at optimum efficiency, meaning it uses less energy and costs less money. How can you say no to that?
To make this as simple and straightforward as possible, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions for you.
How often should I schedule an inspection? Professionals recommend that you service your AC once a year – more if you live in hotter climates like SW Florida and your AC unit experiences a lot of use. To avoid summer prices, have it checked in the spring!
How much does it cost? Prices range from $70 to $100, though some businesses will offer discounts to customers who sign up for continued annual inspections. Be wary of extremely low prices.
What does an inspection typically include? According to Energy Star, a typical inspection should include the following:
• Check thermostat settings
• Tighten electrical connections
• Lubricate moving parts
• Check and inspect condensation drain
• Check system controls
• Clean evaporator and condenser coils
• Check refrigerant level
• Clean and adjust blower components
Can I save money and do it myself? No! When it comes to your AC, maintenance is not a DIY job. There are high voltages and currents involved, so leave it to the professionals. However, you can maintain efficiency by cleaning or changing your air filters once a month. Ask your technician to show you how.