Summer will arrive before you know it here in Illinois, and we’re ready to help you prepare for the heat ahead of time. Your AC has probably been untouched for months, so you shouldn’t wait until the hottest months of the season to fire it up, only to discover it’s broken.
HVAC systems need regular maintenance, and while the average central AC in a home has a lifespan of 15 to 20 years, you should still get it serviced annually to avoid any preventable repairs, costly damages, and, worst of all, long summer days with no air conditioning.
While there are some routine cleaning and AC maintenance you can do alone, you can’t skip the benefits of a professional tune-up.
There are a few reasons why you should get your AC checked out before summer arrives, and some of them might surprise you!
Your Own Inspections Might Miss Important Details
Every HVAC unit is built differently. If you read the manufacturer’s guide and user manual, it may be easy to take an in-depth look at your system — but do you really know what you’re looking for?
A trained HVAC technician understands the ins and outs of many different models and knows how to spot early signs of trouble that the average homeowner probably won’t even notice (even over time).
It’s not a matter of competence, just skill and training. While you can quickly clean parts of your AC unit yourself, it’s likely that any cracks, blockages, or other signs of wear-and-tear go far beyond your skills.
Electrical Issues are Dangerous to Fix Alone
If you suspect there’s a problem with your AC’s electrical hardware, trying to go the DIY route could pose a significant hazard. In addition to an increased risk of an electrical fire, you might also wind up hurting yourself in the process.
You should always shut off the main system when you’re taking a look inside your unit, but you should not attempt to make any electrical repairs or replacements to the motor, tubes, or wires if you aren’t a professional.
The inner-workings of your AC’s electrical system are interconnected; just one mishap can cause your entire system to backfire.
Maintenance Isn’t as Easy as Just Cleaning
While you can certainly clean parts of your air conditioner yourself, the regular maintenance of the unit should be done by a professional HVAC technician. A pro knows how to gauge a system’s functionality and calibrate all of its parts, so they work together flawlessly.
Unique tools and knowledge are required to perform a proper air conditioning tune-up. Some of the biggest jobs a technician will do are:
Thoroughly cleaning the condenser coils
Flushing the evaporator drain
Replacing any damaged, fault,y or otherwise inoperative electrical parts
Adding new refrigerant
Cleaning and/or replacing air filters
An AC tune-up is different from an AC inspection, which focuses more heavily on identifying any potential problems rather than ensuring a system is operating at maximum efficiency. You’ll most likely need to call for an inspection after you notice signs of trouble or your AC stops working entirely.
A tune-up, on the other hand, is an excellent form of preventative maintenance that can ensure your manufacturer’s warranty stays valid and prevents any massive breakdowns when you need your AC the most.
Schedule Your Pre-summer AC Tune-up Today!
Before the temperatures rise, contact us at Aqua Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Services Inc.. In addition to AC servicing, we can also help you install a new model, choose the right upgrade, and make any necessary repairs fast.
Call us today at or request a service online!