We may be experiencing a bit of gloom now, but warm weather will be back before you know it. Over the next few months, you’re going to be putting a lot of strain on your air conditioner as you run it multiple hours a day to keep your home cool. All that added strain makes it more likely for the system to develop problems over time. If you want to keep your air conditioner from malfunctioning on you in the middle of summer, when you need it the most, there are a couple of things you can do.
Schedule Preventive Maintenance
Air conditioning issues often spend a long time developing before they give off any noticeable symptoms. That means that by the time you notice that your air conditioner is acting strangely, it’s probably already suffered at least a bit of damage from whatever is afflicting it. This makes waiting for symptoms before calling for repairs a pretty bad idea because it gives any problems that develop in the air conditioner more time to damage the system before being repaired. If you want to keep your air conditioner in the best possible shape, what you should be doing is trying to catch problems before they start to show symptoms. That makes preventive maintenance the single best step you can take to secure the health of your air conditioner.
Preventive maintenance appointments allow your technician the opportunity to go over your system in detail, isolating and resolving any potential issues before they have the chance to develop further. Scheduling preventive maintenance on a regular basis will increase the energy efficiency of the system, make it less likely for problems to develop in the future, and even extend the lifespan of the air conditioner by a number of years. In order to get all of those benefits, though, you’re going to need to schedule maintenance for the system consistently and at the right time. Spring is the ideal time for scheduling preventive maintenance, though it’s better to have it done later than not to have it done at all.
Know When to Call for Repairs
Preventive maintenance will make it much less likely for problems of various kinds to develop in your air conditioner, but that doesn’t mean that it will be able to totally prevent them. There is still a chance that a problem will crop up with your air conditioner between maintenance appointments, which is why you need to remain vigilant and call for repairs if you think you need to. Strange noises, drops in output, leaking fluid, turning off before completing a full cooling cycle, or unexpected spikes in monthly cooling costs are all signs that the system is not working the way it should be. Make sure you call for repairs if you notice any of these issues.
Total Comfort, Inc. provides comprehensive air conditioning tune-up services in Irvine, CA. If you need your air conditioner checked out or repaired, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional technicians.