At Day & Night Air, one of the best tips we have for customers who want to save money is to look into an air conditioning maintenance plan. We offer a wide range of plans to fit virtually any need, and there are many of benefits to choosing these plans.
An Air Conditioner Maintenance Plan Could Lower Your Energy Bills
If your AC isn’t running at peak performance, then it could show on your energy bill. As systems get out of shape, they slowly lose their ability to cool your home efficiently. Think about it like this: A tune-up on your car improves your gas mileage, while AC maintenance improves the energy efficiency in your home.
A normal air conditioner will become less efficient throughout the entire course of its lifespan. The equipment gets dirty, parts start to wear out, and time generally takes its toll. As a result, you may notice that you’re spending more on energy bills every summer, especially here in Phoenix, AZ. Air conditioning maintenance plans address this problem and are relatively inexpensive. The money you save on energy costs is likely to pay for the air conditioning maintenance plan and then some.
Reduce the Chance of Repairs
When you have regular maintenance, minor issues can be taken care of before they become expensive repairs. For example, a fraying belt can cause strange noises that you wouldn’t hear at first. If our technician catches it and replaces it in time, then you’ll be able to avoid the costly repairs that can result when a belt snaps and whips around inside your AC.
Increase the Lifespan of Your Air Conditioning System
Your AC functions best when it’s regularly cleaned and serviced. Just one part that’s not working correctly can lead to a domino effect that results in your entire system breaking down. Getting maintenance on a regular basis can prevent that from happening and can help your equipment last for years longer than it otherwise would.
When minor problems with your air conditioning unit go unchecked, they get more serious over time. Parts can stop working altogether once they get worn out enough, at which point you may find yourself looking at a large repair bill. Furthermore, when one part isn’t working very efficiently, it starts to put more stress on the rest of the system. Fixing the one malfunctioning part as soon as possible will be good for your entire AC unit.
Reduce Your Chances of Getting Caught in the Heat
There’s no question that air conditioning isn’t just a luxury in the Phoenix area – it’s a must-have. When your AC is regularly maintained, you can reduce the chances that you’ll come home one day to discover that your system isn’t working at all. While Day & Night Air is proud to offer 24/7 emergency services, we’d much rather keep your system in great shape so you don’t need it.
Can I Perform an AC Tune-up by Myself?
There are some things you can do by yourself, and some things you can’t. Unless you’ve received HVAC training and are qualified to work on electrical appliances, most serious repairs are best left to professionals. That said, there are some things you can do to prolong the life of your unit. When you sign up for an air conditioner maintenance plan, you won’t have to worry about it as much, and you can spend more time relaxing and enjoying life. If you do want to take a more active role in your air conditioning maintenance, here are a few steps to follow:
- Replace Air Conditioner Filter – You should be changing the filter in your air conditioner every three months at the very least. If you have a lot of pets or people in your home, you’ll need to change it more often. People with allergies or other breathing problems often change the AC filter every month.
- Check Evaporator Drain – This is more necessary in humid climates than it is here in Arizona, but we still recommend taking a look at least once or twice a year. There’s a tube or pipe that drains moisture from your AC unit, and that pipe can become clogged or moldy over time. Inspect it, clean it out, or replace it if needed.
- Inspect and Clean Condensing Unit Coils – The condensing unit is the part of your air conditioning system outside your home. Since it’s outside, it can get dirty often. Make sure the outside part of your air conditioner isn’t blocked by weeds, leaves, or other debris. Here in Arizona, this equipment commonly gets coated in dust or dirt. You may have to figure out how to open the unit up, but it’s relatively easy to rinse it with a hose. It’s important to make sure it’s off before you touch it and don’t spray it too hard or you could damage the equipment. This should be done at least once per year, and it doesn’t hurt to do it more often as long as you’re cleaning your condensing unit correctly.
Contact the Professionals at Day & Night Air for Expert AC Maintenance & Tune-ups Today!
If you’re comfortable working with your air conditioner, you may also be able to inspect the condensing unit, refrigerant lines, and evaporative coil for obvious signs of damage. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Day & Night Air if you have any doubts about inspecting, or cleaning any part of your AC unit. Sometimes it’s best to play it safe and call a professional.