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How to Keep Your Air Conditioner in Top Shape

top view of an air conditionerWith temperatures only growing warmer, residents throughout Sterling and beyond are looking forward to summer. Of course, if you haven’t already we do urge you to schedule your air conditioning maintenance, to make sure that your cooling system is ready to get you through the hotter weather.

Air conditioning maintenance is the best way to keep your cooling system in top shape. There are a few small maintenance tasks you can do on your own. For example, you should be changing out or cleaning the air filter in your HVAC system every 1–3 months, and ensuring that the outside unit is clear of debris. But professional, full-service maintenance will ensure the longevity of your system, and help you fend off AC repair in Sterling, VA as best you can.

“Can’t I Skip Maintenance Just This Once?”

Well, not if you want to keep your air conditioner in good shape! This is a common question we get, but the truth of the matter is you’d be doing your cooling system a disservice by skipping maintenance. After all, maintenance provides you with a host of benefits such as:

  • A More Reliable System: This is perhaps the biggest advantage of investing in routine HVAC maintenance—your cooling system will be far less likely to suffer from unexpected, major operational failures over the summer when you need the system the most. During the inspection part of your maintenance appointment, our technicians locate areas that wear on the system, which can lead to breakdowns.
  • A More Efficient Cooling Process: No matter what type of air conditioning system you have or how well it is installed, it’s subject to natural wear and tear. Eventually, this creates stress on the internal components (in particular, the blower motor) and causes high energy bills as the system tries to overcome that stress. However, with annual maintenance (or biannual, if its’ a heat pump we’re talking about), it should retain around 95% of its efficiency throughout its entire lifespan.
  • Improved Lifespan: Speaking of that lifespan, most air conditioners should make it through 10–15 years before requiring a replacement system. However, this can only be true if the system is professionally installed and regularly maintained. Routine inspections and tune-ups will give you the best return on investment for your air conditioner.
  • Reduced Repair Needs: We’re going to make a safe bet that you probably don’t want to spend extra money on AC repairs each year. Approximately 85% of the repair needs an air conditioner might need in its lifespan without maintenance are actually preventable with maintenance. Maintenance tune-ups allow our professionals to catch problems early on, equating to huge savings for you.

It bears mentioning that if during your maintenance appointment, you are alerted to repair needs that you get them on your schedule right away. This is for your convenience, as it prevents problems from growing bigger until you have an emergency repair situation on your hands.

AllTech Services, Inc. is a value-based business focused on the needs of our customers. Please reach out to our team today for reliable HVAC services.

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