The last thing Texans want is to be stuck without a working A/C unit once June rolls around.
And everyone wants to save money—especially when it comes to air conditioning.
So we’ll let you in on a little secret: If you schedule your A/C check-up in May, you’ll stay comfortable AND save money this summer.
That’s because of these 4 main reasons:
- Check-ups help prevent breakdowns
- Check-ups lower your monthly energy bill
- Annual check-ups increase the life of your A/C unit
- Getting a check-up now saves you the scheduling hassle in the summer
Let’s look at those reasons in more detail:
#1: Check-ups prevent break downs
A smart homeowner will schedule their A/C check-up in May to prevent break downs in the summer. Summer temperatures in Fort Worth often exceed 100°, you don’t want to be without a working air conditioner!
When a trained technician inspects your system, he or she can catch serious problems before they cause your system to break down.
Some of these common air conditioner problems include refrigerant leaks, dirty coils, sensor problems and electric control failure.
And in addition to keeping you comfortable, a serviced air conditioner can also save you money on your energy bills…
#2: Check-ups lower your monthly energy bill
An annual check-up can lower your monthly energy bill by 15%. A smart homeowner will schedule a check-up in May, before the cooling season hits in full swing, to maximize their energy savings.
Air conditioners are made up of parts—like coils, evaporators and filters—that become clogged and dirty over time. During a check-up, these parts are cleaned (and replaced, if necessary) so that your whole A/C system can run efficiently.
Regular maintenance makes your system more energy-efficient, but it also extends the life of your system, which saves you money in the long run…
#3: Annual check-ups increase the life of your A/C unit
Smart homeowners want their air conditioner to last as long as possible, so they schedule their annual check-ups in the spring (before the heavy cooling season hits).
An annual check-up can extend the life of an A/C unit by several years. Think of it like car maintenance: if you change the oil and rotate the tires, your car will perform better and last longer.
And since an air conditioner is an expensive home investment, you want to get your money’s worth out of your existing A/C unit.
Most regularly maintained air conditioners last anywhere from 10–15 years, but neglected ones sometimes last only 7–8 years.
#4: Getting a check-up now saves you the scheduling hassle in the summer
Smart homeowners will schedule their check-ups in May so they don’t have to worry about scheduling conflicts in the summer.
Summer is the busiest time of year for air conditioning contractors because more people need their A/Cs repaired or upgraded, so their work schedules fill up fast.
Because the homeowner needs to be home during the check-up, we recommend scheduling now to avoid any scheduling hassles in the summer. That way, you won’t run the risk of not having a working A/C when you need it most.
So, what exactly does a technician inspect during an A/C check-up?
During an annual check-up, depending on the check-up option you choose, a technician will inspect these parts of your A/C system:
- Wiring: Wiring problems are one of the leading causes of air conditioner breakdowns, so your technician will check your system’s wires and connections during the check-up.
- Motors: Motors can break down over time. Your technician will look for warning signs of wear and tear that lead to motor malfunction.
- Refrigerant levels & leaks: Air conditioners need certain levels of refrigerant to operate; if there’s not enough, your system will shut down. If there are leaks, or if the refrigerant levels are too low, your technician will bring it to your attention to consider repairing.
- Compressor: If your compressor is broken, your whole system will shut down. Your technician will check your compressor to prevent this from happening.
- Thermostat: Faulty thermostats can cause your air conditioner to run inefficiently, and in some cases, make it impossible to turn your system ON. An A/C repair person will check your thermostat to make sure it’s working properly.
- Check the air filter: Your technician will make sure the filter is clean or not so your A/C unit can work at its maximum capacity.
If your technician finds an issue, they’ll help you evaluate whether you should repair or replace the part and give you cost estimates.