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How Routine Air Conditioning Service Can Reduce AC Repair Costs

Air conditioning is essential for many homes during the sweaty summer months in the U.S.. However, the expenses associated with running an AC are substantial. Find how routine air conditioning service can lower AC repair costs, and embrace energy-saving habits to help your unit run more efficiently. With these tips, you’ll have a comfortable home this summer without emptying your wallet.

What Routine AC Service Includes

Air conditioning maintenance is an inexpensive, predictable annual charge that pays you back by reducing repair costs and lengthening your unit’s life span. Here are some significant maintenance steps that help prevent air conditioner breakdowns:

  • Swap out the air filter: A dirty filter restricts airflow and makes your air conditioner to work harder, consuming more energy and increasing the risk of overheating. Exchanging your air conditioner’s dirty air filter with a clean one as part of your annual maintenance service call, and every 30 to 90 days throughout the year, promotes optimal airflow and efficiency.
  • Clean the evaporator coil: The indoor evaporator coil can become covered in dirt and dust as time goes by, limiting its ability to absorb heat. This can cause the refrigerant inside of the coil to freeze, stopping your air conditioner from working effectively. Cleaning the coil removes this insulating layer and will make it easier for the refrigerant to operate effectively.
  • Clean the condenser coil: The outside condenser coil releases heat soaked up by the refrigerant. If it’s blocked by cobwebs, grass clippings and other debris, the heat transfer process is impaired. Cleaning the condenser coil boosts the unit’s function substantially, reducing wear and tear on your air conditioner that could bring on breakdowns.
  • Straighten the coils’ fins: The aluminum fins on the evaporator and condenser coils can become bent, cutting down on the airflow and decreasing performance.  Fixing the fins with a fin comb puts them to their original position to reestablish ideal airflow.
  • Lubricate moving parts: Friction in the motor and other moving hardware produces heat and causes unnecessary wear and tear.  Consistent lubrication minimizes friction, ensuring smooth operation and decreasing the need for repairs.
  • Examine refrigerant levels: A low refrigerant charge is another answer for why your AC can freeze up, causing longer run times, comfort problems and preventable AC repairs. A skilled Expert uses special tools to check and modify refrigerant levels as needed to ensure proper operation and prevent a mid-season breakdown.

Other Ways to Reduce AC Repair Costs

Yearly maintenance is a crucial factor in reducing AC repair charges, but here are some other tips to help your AC unit operate faithfully all summer long:

  • Turn the temperature up: Elevating the thermostat setting reduces the wear and tear on your cooling system.  Find a comfortable temperature and avoid lowering the temperature.
  • Install a programmable thermostat: When set correctly, a programmable thermostat helps control your home’s temperature more effectively, reducing the demand on your AC unit. It’s a good idea to schedule setback periods of 7 to 10 degrees while you’re away or sleeping to save on energy costs and further diminish wear and tear.
  • Seal air leaks: Gaps and cracks around windows and doors let warm, humid air indoors. Apply caulk and weatherstripping to avoid overloading your air conditioning equipment.
  • Put in additional insulation: an appropriate attic insulation level promotes consistent indoor temperatures and lessens your AC’s workload. If you can observe the attic floor or joists poking through the insulation you already have in your home, add more.
  • Prevent solar heat gain: The sun’s heat warms your home, increasing the demand on your AC system. Installing window coverings and pulling the blinds or shades during the hottest part of the day blocks solar heat gain and lowers the chance of a mid-season breakdown.
  • Use ceiling fans: The wind chill effect created by ceiling fans makes a room feel about 4 degrees cooler, which enables you to raise the thermostat setting without losing comfort. Remember to turn the fan off when you leave the room, as fans cool people, not spaces.
  • Use a dehumidifier: For those who are located in a humid part of North America, elevated humidity levels can make your home feel cool but clammy, causing you to turn down the temperature. A whole-house dehumidifier eliminates unwanted moisture, giving your AC a much-needed break.
  • Make sure your vents are not obstructed: Closed or covered air vents throw off the balance of return and supply air, which may cause your air conditioning to break down. To avoid this, keep at least 80 percent of your registers open, and make sure no furniture, curtains or rugs inadvertently block airflow. Boost circulation further by opening the doors between the rooms in your home as much as possible.
  • Upgrade to an energy-efficient air conditioner: If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, think about upgrading to a more energy-efficient design. In addition to improved efficiency, a new system is also much less likely to break down or experience maintenance issues than an older unit, lowering your repair expenses in the long run.

Schedule AC Service in the U.S.

By investing in routine air conditioning maintenance and following other recommended home-cooling habits, you’ll enjoy a comfortable interior with lower repair costs this summer. Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing offers quality air conditioning tune-ups to maximize efficiency and prolong your air conditioner’s life span. We can also upgrade your AC unit if yours is past its prime.

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