Neglecting Air Conditioner Maintenance Leads To Costly Consequences

Anything with moving parts requires maintenance, especially when it is frequently used. Much like a vehicle requires regular service to extend its life and run properly, so does an air conditioner. Even if you don’t suspect any problems with your air conditioning unit, heating and cooling experts say it’s a good idea to have it inspected, serviced, and cleaned at least once a year to ensure it operates at peak energy efficiency and is ready to cool your house during the months you need it most.

No Maintenance Leads To…
As your HVAC system runs, it accumulates dust and dirt in key areas that affect its efficiency, like the air filter and condensing coils. Left unchecked, this buildup can cause your AC system to lose operating efficiency, meaning it can’t cool your house as well as it could if it were clean.

– Air Filter Issues
If the AC filter is not changed periodically it will no longer be able to filter the air properly, letting dust and contaminants into the unit. Dust jams the moving parts, such as fan motors and valves. The HVAC system will draw more power to overcome the obstacle, causing the unit to be less energy efficient, increasing your power bill.

– Evaporator & Condenser Coil Problems
Dirty coils reduce the system’s ability to cool your home and cause the system to run longer, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment. If the coils become too coated with dust and dirt, they can stop producing cool air altogether, causing the air conditioner to overheat, and eventually break down.

How Maintenance Saves Money…
Inspections pay for themselves through improved energy efficiency, which saves money on utility bills, and a longer-lasting air conditioning unit. A yearly maintenance check by a licensed HVAC expert can help reduce your monthly energy bill by up to 15% and help prevent premature breakdowns.

By contrast, replacing an air conditioner can cost several thousand dollars. Even simple repairs can run up a few hundred dollars. A qualified technician can often find and address small problems with AC units through a regular inspection that, left unnoticed, could grow into larger, more expensive issues.

Since 1983, Bourke’s Service Company in Joliet has been a family owned and operated business, providing several heating and cooling services. If you’re looking for a reputable company to provide seasonal maintenance and troubleshooting, our knowledgeable staff is happy to meet those needs. Contact us at (815) 729-2244, or visit our website, to get started with a free estimate and consultation.