If you have central air conditioning, you should consider regular maintenance and repairs. For a small cost, you can keep your system in good condition for longer. If you would like to know more, check out these three benefits of regular air conditioning maintenance and repairs.
1. Keeps the System Effective
Many factors can reduce a system's effectiveness. Naturally, damaged parts, worn parts, and loose parts can make the system less effective. During regular maintenance, technicians:
- Clean the system
- Tighten loose parts
- Look for signs of damage
In addition, make sure to maintain the ductwork that transports the cooled air. Ducts become damaged and dirty. In turn, less cold air reaches you, making the system seem less effective. On top of that, the system may be forced to work harder to cool the home, which puts excess wear and tear on the system.
2. Boosts Efficiency
Besides effectiveness, the system may lose efficiency for the same reasons. In turn, the system wastes a lot more power than it creates. Not only does this increase your carbon footprint, but it increases your energy bills without any benefit.
One of the leading causes of efficiency loss is damage to ductwork. In fact, according to Energy Star, about 20 to 30 percent of the air in ducts is lost. This may be the result of poor installation, but it's often the result of holes and gaps in the ducts. Gaps may appear from wear and tear as the duct segments separate, but you can also accidentally puncture ducts with nails, screws, etc. A technician can reattach and seal ducts to reduce energy loss.
3. Reduces Overall Costs
Of course, if you keep your system effective and efficient, you'll save money on energy bills. However, you may save more money in the long run because you reduce the risk of major damage and necessary repairs. Even if the system doesn't need major repairs, it may break down and require replacement sooner than expected.
On average, you'll pay about $80 to $200 for a tune-up to your air conditioning system, which is a small amount compared to the price of a new system.
If you haven't maintained your air conditioning system, it's time to start. Good maintenance and regular repairs can save you money each month and in the long run. If you would like to know more about air conditioning repair services, contact a professional in your area today.