Temperatures are still on the cooler side for now, but we’re all very well aware of how when spring and summer hit, they hit hard. Is your air conditioner ready for the seasonal change? Now is the best time of year to arrange for your cooling system’s annual maintenance session (or biannual, if you have a heat pump) to make sure that it’s ready.

There are a few San Antonio, TX air conditioning maintenance tasks you can, and should, handle on your own, such as swapping out your air filter every 1-3 months depending on the level of contaminants in your home. But full maintenance that helps your cooling system perform as best as it should needs to be left to a professionally trained technician.

The Benefits of Routine Maintenance

One of the most common questions our team gets in regards to AC maintenance is, “How important is it that I have maintenance done regularly? Can I skip it this one year?”

When it comes to timing your maintenance, we typically recommend it be done in spring, since this is before its heaviest period of use. But you should care less about this than having the service done regularly. So, no, you can’t skip it this year. Maintenance is not a luxury service for a select few, but rather a preventive measure you must take if you want to ensure the efficiency, longevity, and functionality of your AC system.

Skipping maintenance puts your air conditioner at a higher risk of operational issues and potential premature breakdown. The benefits of routine maintenance for your air conditioner, heat pump, or even heating system are that you’ll increase its efficiency, lower its operational costs, and extend its lifespan.

System Reliability

As we alluded to above, the most immediate benefit of annual AC maintenance is that you’ll have a cooling system that’s less likely to suffer a huge operational emergency over the summer. Comprehensive system inspections by our HVAC professionals will uncover areas where strain on the system can easily lead to breakdowns, and cleaning helps remove potential functionality issues.

System Efficiency

The buildup of wear and tear over the years creates more strain than necessary on the interior components of your cooling system. This is especially true for the blower motor. This results in higher energy bills for you, as the system tries to overcome the extra stress. By keeping up with regular AC maintenance, your system should retain 95% of its efficiency rating throughout its entire service life.

System Longevity

We mentioned longevity above—a well-maintained air conditioner should last between 10-15 years before it requires a replacement system. Annual system inspections and tune-ups will help your cooling system give you the best return on your initial investment, as it will last as long as possible. Maintenance ensures that your cooling system will be ready for warmer temps and able to perform at its best.

For quality AC services or to schedule your next maintenance appointment, look no further than Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating. Contact us today!

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