Why You Should Have an AC Checkup Now
In the upcoming summer days, we in Atlanta and the surrounding areas are sure to feel the heat. However, we don't have to when we are inside our homes or businesses. Now is the time when you may be starting up your cooling unit for the first time this season. Which means now is the time to have your ac checkup and get an inspection and maintenance appointment scheduled, no matter what area of the nation you live in.
1. Keep it Running Clean
Your air conditioner may have lain idle for the last couple of months. You don’t know what contaminants have entered the system in that time. As a result, you don’t know what contaminants will be blown into your home. We have seen a number of these particles include:
- Leaves, twigs, branches, etc.
- Ash and soot.
- Human and pet hair.
- Acids and other toxic materials.
- Pest and bird droppings.
2. Check for Leaks
A common cause of air conditioner breakdowns is leaks in the system. These leaks can cause hazardous coolants to leave the unit and enter the property. The lack of coolant causes the unit to work over time to cool the property. This extra work puts an undue strain both on your AC unit as well as your power bill. As a result, part of your yearly AC checkup and maintenance routine should include coolant and other leak checks.
3. Prevent Breakdowns
An air conditioner that has been idle for months is actually more at risk of a breakdown than one that has been in regular operation. This is why you want a professional who can see an issue coming before it happens. Make sure your tech is checking and measuring your unit’s normal operation including compressor, coils, etc.
4. Extend Unit Life
Just like your health, your air conditioner needs a checkup each year to ensure it will work for as long as possible. According to Home Guide, installing an air conditioner can cost anywhere from $3,350 to $5,912. We’ve personally seen this number go up in our region. We also more commonly use heat pumps here in Atlanta, which can run even higher. Those of you who have heard the saying “a penny in prevention saves you a dollar in treatment” know what we are talking about. In short, the cost of an AC checkup can easily pay for itself.