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We sometimes take the modern conveniences of life for granted. For example, central air conditioning. We rely on it every day, but forget that this technology has been making hot temperatures bearable for only about a hundred years!
If you don’t give your AC system its proper respect, it can very well fail you just when you need it most — during the hottest, stickiest dog days of summer. That’s why it’s important to have an AC tune up every once in awhile.
Ideally, this should be done twice a year, but if you haven’t tended to your system recently, be on the lookout for these signs that it’s time to call in the pros.
Of course, if you’ve noticed any kind of problem with your air conditioning, you should schedule an AC tune up. Unusual sounds, moldy or musty smells, or simply less cool air emanating from the system than you would like — these are all indicators that a tune up is due.
Would you have to dig through your home maintenance files for the past few years to determine when you last had your system looked at? If so, better get on the horn to the AC company you use, and fast.
The filter and ductwork can easily get clogged up with particulates and debris, which will compromise the efficiency of your AC unit. Families who own pets, or whose members have allergies, may find that the air quality has gone downhill. That’s because the normal “conditioning” power of your air conditioner simply isn’t there anymore — because you need an AC tune up.
In particularly warm or humid seasons, you probably throw caution to the wind and leave your AC turned on all the time. If you’ve pushed it to maximum capacity for several years in a row, then it is definitely time to schedule that tune up before the whole system gives up the ghost.
Do you cringe when you open up your energy bill each month? Maybe your energy costs have been slowly but surely increasing, or maybe you have seen a drastic jump between one month and the next. Either way, it’s a telltale sign that you should get an AC tune up.
When filters or ducts get clogged, or when a system simply isn’t running as efficiently as it should be because it has been neglected, the air conditioner has to work extra hard to pump out the same amount of cool air. Naturally, this takes more energy — and it also takes a bigger bite out of your budget.
Remember that in addition to lowering your energy bills, helping your unit run more efficiently, and improving your indoor air quality, an AC tune up can prevent costly repairs down the line.
Contact Hays Cooling & Heating today to schedule a service call with one of our Phoenix, AZ air conditioner maintenance technicians!