Homeowners are willing to spend a lot of money on a highly efficient and effective air conditioning system. Yet, as time passes and they begin to take the AC for granted, some may neglect to have it serviced for necessary maintenance and repair checks.
Of course, we understand. After installing an AC, the goal should be to spend as little money as possible—not to find new reasons to spend money! But what if we told you that spending the money on a couple maintenance calls is the key to reducing AC expenses? If you’re intrigued, or simply confused, keep reading and we’ll explain.
Consistent Care Maintains Efficiency
After installing an air conditioner, your main goal is to keep those operational costs as low as possible. Installing a highly efficient air conditioner can help tremendously, but it’s not everything. You can even stick to a strict cooling schedule that limits you from using too much energy. But even then, there’s something else that ensures efficiency:
The machine has to be in good working order.
No matter how good the AC is, and no matter how much self-control you exhibit, those qualities will be diminished if the air conditioner is struggling to perform at its best. After all, the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating only adheres to air conditioners running at their greatest potential.
Maintenance Prevents More Repair Calls
Air conditioners are finely-tuned machines. When one piece breaks, it will often create a ripple effect that drags down the entire system’s performance. For example, consider the damage that one dirty air filter can do:
- Restricts airflow
- Freezes evaporator coil
- Increases pressure in the compressor
- Creates uneven cooling throughout the home
Often, any one of these problems can start up without your knowledge. Not all AC repair problems start with noises or obvious signs.
Maintenance calls are scheduled at crucial times of the year so that these problems don’t have a chance to sneak up on you. Before the summer, for example, is a great time to have your system checked.
Repair Costs Can Be Unpredictable
Using a complete system breakdown as the signal to call for AC repair in Overland Park, KS is a huge gamble. Neither you nor we can predict what kind of problem will arise from your air conditioner. But if your problem has occurred due to the neglect of the system, then there is a very high chance that it’s going to be expensive.
In one instance, your problem could be as simple as a burnt out fan motor. It’s a quick fix.
On the other hand, the frozen evaporator coil caused by that dirty air filter may have taken a significant toll on the compressor. A failed compressor usually isn’t worth the cost of replacement—you’ll be replacing the entire system instead.
You could take the chance and bet on a lesser problem—and many have—but the risk is much more expensive than many homeowners realize.