Air-conditioning maintenance is not high on most people’s list of priorities. It’s a bit like washing the car, you only do it when the need becomes obvious. Unlike washing a car though, cleaning your air conditioner is not just a chore, it’s an investment that pays dividends through extending the life of your AC unit, improving your quality of life and generating savings in electricity consumption.
Your Electricity Bill Are Higher Than Normal
When your Air conditioning unit is not performing optimally, the first place this will be reflected is on your electricity bills. The unit will have to consume more energy to maintain the level of comfort you are used to in your home and your bills will show a corresponding rise. If your outdoor unit is not situated somewhere where you can easily notice unusual noises or leaking water, this may be the only sign you get that a problem is developing so call your repair service right away, otherwise you might end up having to replace your whole unit.
Your AC Blows Out Dust When It Is Turned On
Even though there is a constant stream of air through your air conditioning, dust can build up in the nooks and crannies inside the unit, gradually reducing it’s efficiency, lowering the air quality in your home or office and ultimately leading to a breakdown. When your air conditioning is choked with dust, it will blow it out into the living environment. If you see puffs of dust coming from the vent when you turn it on, or anybody in your family starts sneezing when it’s in use, you need to get it cleaned.
It Is More Than One Year Since Your Last Service
As we said before, Air Conditioner maintenance is an investment that brings many returns, both tangible and intangible. Regular maintenance will save you money in the short term by optimizing your electricity consumption, and in the long term by extending the life of your unit. And without regular maintenance, not only will your costs be higher, but your quality of life will be lower. You will be unable to properly cool or heat your home and the interior air quality will fall, which could lead to health problems, especially in children or older folk. That’s why scheduling an annual service is not just advisable, it is a necessity.
Like so many of the conveniences of modern life, we only realize how much we rely on our air conditioning when it stops working.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because cool air is blowing out of the vents your air conditioner is in perfect working order. Avoid the discomfort of a breakdown and the related expenses of emergency repairs by scheduling regular preventative maintenance and in the meantime, keep an eye out for the other signs we mentioned above and your unit should continue to serve you faithfully for years to come.