There is no precise answer to this question, but most air conditioning service experts agree that maintenance and service once a year is required to keep your air conditioning running smoothly and efficiently. However, there are many more aspects to consider when it comes to air conditioning service and how often it is performed.
Why Do You Need Air Conditioning Service?
You need air conditioning service because you want your equipment to operate within the optimum parameters, which results in maximum energy efficiency. Furthermore, you need service because it enables you to predict potential problems and take measures before the situation gets worse and entails higher costs to fix. You need air conditioning service because most problems are invisible and when you see the warning signs, it may often be too late.
When Should You Have Air Conditioning Service?
Air conditioning service involves checking the main unit, drain tubes, supply and return ducts for debris or other damage, the compressor for proper functioning, changing or cleaning the filters, checking the heat exchangers and coils, and much more. This is the kind of work that experts know how to do best, without damaging the unit or its components. The best time to do it is without a doubt the spring. The prices are better and the technicians are not caught up with the summer emergencies. Also, it is always best to have air conditioning service before you actually start using your system regularly.
Is Once A Year Air Conditioning Service Enough?
The answer to this question is quite tricky. It really depends on how old your air conditioning system is. For example, relatively new equipment will not require more than one visit per year from the service team. On the other hand you cannot rely on older air conditioning equipment as much, which means that you may need to call the service team twice or even three times every year for regular inspection and repairs.
If you are using your air conditioning equipment 9 months a year, it may also need servicing more often than if you were using it 3-6 months every year. However, the endless operation will not affect your air conditioning’s need for service as much as the conditions that the system operates in. Air conditioning systems are designed to withstand significant heat waves and continuous operation. What they are not designed for is increased humidity, for example. So in these cases, you may need air conditioning services more than once a year.
When your air conditioning operates in an environment that is filled with salt and sand particles, you will absolutely need more than a yearly service. Without proper maintenance, your air conditioning will become useless and totally unusable in such conditions. The indoor air quality will stay bellow standards and people suffering from asthma or allergies will have their conditions worsened.
There are definitely many reasons to having air conditioning service regularly and adequately, depending on your particular situation. You need to talk with your service provider and have them understand the particularities of your situation prior to deciding just how often you should have air conditioning service.
If you have questions or concerns or would like to schedule an air conditioning service, the staff at Laid & Son can help answer and repair any of your air conditioning concerns. Stop by Laird and Sons or call today and allow us to take the guesswork out of your air conditioning problems.