After months of enduring one of Chicagoland’s coldest winters in years along with heavy snows that occurred well into spring, most people probably aren’t thinking about the scolding heat waves that can grip Illinois during the summer months. So why even be concerned with your air conditioner when it seems like you’ve finally just turned off your furnace? Well, there’s one thing we Illinoisans are all aware of that’s neatly summed up in this brief adage: “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it’ll change.” Getting 3 seasons’ worth of weather in the space of a week isn’t exactly uncommon around here. In other words, the heat is on the way. Sure, your air conditioner was just fine last summer, but will that be the case when the temperatures start to soar?
The Benefits of Spring Tune-Ups in Algonquin IL.
Just like motors, if something hasn’t been in action for several months, it’s probably not going to perform at peak efficiency without some maintenance. Spring maintenance will give your air conditioner a head start in preparation for heavy use during the summer months. A spring tune-up could save your unit from running at lower efficiency and even avoid a breakdown, especially when you need your AC the most.
Spring is also a preferable time for an air conditioner tune-up because summers tend to be very busy for HVAC technicians. Most people don’t think about their air conditioners until there’s a problem. So when that first heat wave descends upon Illinois, many will fire up their air conditioners for the first time all season only to feel warm air blowing from the vents. Not that there’s ever a “good” time for your AC to break down, but it would it be a lot better to avoid the breakdown altogether by having a spring tune-up. Your AC doesn’t have feelings and isn’t trying to upset you by calling it quits during a blistering heat wave; it’s just a machine that requires maintenance just like any other machine. Getting an appointment during the less congested springtime will be much easier and your Algonquin HVAC company will be much more flexible with their hours to accommodate your schedule rather than during a heat wave.
Save Money – Fix Small Problems Before They Turn Into BIG Problems
During tune-ups, your Algonquin HVAC technician will perform an inspection to spot and fix little problems. Fixing these malfunctions will almost always be cheaper than a major mechanical repair and a lot less hassle. Nearly half of cooling-related issues can be detected early and fixed during an annual maintenance check.
It’s estimated that your air conditioner’s operating efficiency can decrease by 5% if you skip regular maintenance. That doesn’t mean that your AC will start blowing fire, but it does mean higher operating costs. Over time and even while indoors, debris and dust can collect on the unit’s evaporator coils. On the exterior of your home, condenser coils can collect dirt, leaves, grass clippings, pieces of trash, etc. This build-up can impede airflow and prevent your AC from cooling your home as efficiently as it normally would. The system’s condensate drain needs to be checked for any sign of clogs. A clog can hamper the ability of the system to regulate humidity, one of the primary reasons why we have air conditioners in the first place. In addition, motor parts need to be lubricated to reduce friction, another key component of operational efficiency. Blower components need to be checked, cleaned, and adjusted. Hindered airflow can lead to a loss of up to 15% in efficiency.
Having your AC properly maintained and checked could translate into a cooling cost savings of up to 15%. So, don’t sweat the small stuff; get your AC checked. It will keep your home comfortable and save you money in energy costs and costly repairs. Even if major repairs are covered under a manufacturer’s warranty, continue reading below to learn important information that could pertain to your air conditioner’s warranty.
Avoiding Regular Maintenance May Void Your Warranty
If saving money and avoiding breakdowns aren’t convincing reasons for you to get your air conditioner tuned up annually, this little tidbit may serve as the decisive factor. Warranty certificates from large HVAC manufacturers (including Lennox, Trane, et. al.) are very clear that they will not provide replacement parts if the unit was not regularly maintained by an HVAC professional. Manufacturers are aware that a properly maintained air conditioner will be less likely to need a warranty part to begin with. To check the terms of your own air conditioner manufacturer’s warranty, look for verbiage along the lines of “eligibility requirements” or something similar in the warranty certificate. After spending a rather large sum of money on a new unit, annual tune-ups will help protect your investment.
Saving Green by Being Green
In addition to saving money, you’re also helping the environment by keeping your air conditioner well-maintained. The EPA, EnergyStar and the USDE all urge regular maintenance. The less energy your unit needs to keep your home cool, the less resources will need to be consumed.
Schedule Your Spring Air Conditioner Tune-Up in Algonquin Illinois Today!
The decision to get a tune-up is entirely yours. Will your AC breakdown this summer without a tune-up? It’s not a guarantee but having a tune-up will certainly reduce the risk and help avoid costly repairs, in addition to sweltering discomfort. Contact your licensed Algonquin HVAC company to set up an appointment and discuss your options.