With spring just around the corner, it’s the time of year to start thinking about your air conditioner. Is it ready for the warmer weather? Goodness knows we get a lot of warm, humid weather here in the Acworth area, and you need to have peace of mind that your air conditioner is able to get through it all with as few flaws as possible.
But you can’t expect your air conditioner to work as efficiently and effectively as possible without the right prep work! And that’s what we are here for–to provide a big component of that AC prep work, in the form of professional maintenance. Read on as we describe why this is so important, and answer some common questions that come up about AC care.
The Importance of AC Maintenance
AC maintenance is not just some “luxury service” that’s just nice to get. It’s an absolute necessity to keep your air conditioner running well, reduce repair needs, improve efficiency, and help the equipment last longer.
During professional AC maintenance, our team comprehensively inspects, cleans, and adjusts the components that need it. This helps us spot small repair needs before they turn into bigger emergencies, helps your system run as powerfully and efficiently as it should, and helps it actually reach the average useful service life of 10-15 years.
Maintenance can help you avoid up to 85% of the repair costs your air conditioner would otherwise need, and retain 95% of its original efficiency rating (SEER–Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). Plus when you sign up for our maintenance plan, you get a number of additional benefits as a VIP Club Member! For instance, you’ll have your initial diagnostic fees waived, and get discounts on repairs, and more.
How Do I Know If My AC Leaks?
This is a common question we get, and first, you need to know that there are two different types of air conditioner “leaks,” each with their own level of severity for different reasons:
Air Leaks: It’s possible that over the years, or due to poor initial installation, your ductwork has accumulated pinhole leaks and small tears. As a result, conditioned air will be allowed to escape into unoccupied spaces such as your attic or behind your drywall.
You may be able to tell if your AC has air leaks by noticing if airflow seems less powerful in one or two vents throughout your home. Another way you can tell is if your energy bills go up due to inefficient operation causing you to lower the temperature more than you should need to.
Refrigerant Leaks: Refrigerant is the chemical substance that allows the cooling process to even occur. Refrigerant pulls hot air from your home, goes through a compressor and condenser process, and then cools the air to return back into your home. When there is a refrigerant leak, you may not feel as cool as you are meant to.
Another way you might be able to tell if you have a refrigerant leak is if you hear a sort of “hissing” or “bubbling” noise coming from either the indoor or outdoor unit of your cooling system.
How Long Does an AC System Last in Georgia?
When we talk about the “lifespan” of an air conditioner, what we’re really referring to is the useful service life–that is, how long an air conditioner can last until it starts working less powerfully or efficiently. While this will depend on the manufacturer and frequency of use, a well-maintained air conditioner in Georgia should last 10-15 years.