We’ve had an unusually cold and rainy end of winter and start of spring. True, our idea of “cold” is mild compared to most other places in the U.S., but you probably got more use out of your heater in the last three weeks than in all of the winter season.
But the hot days are coming—and in Southern California the hot weather means serious business. Having your air conditioner properly maintained in early spring is essential for getting the best from your AC through the middle of the year and into our often hot fall season.
Is this really necessary every year?
It’s not necessary—but every HVAC contractor as well as the U.S. Department of Energy strongly recommends it. The consequences of missing out on maintenance are high, so if you want the best performance and longest service life from your AC, then consider it necessary.
What can go wrong without yearly maintenance
Here are some examples of what may happen with an AC that misses out on regular maintenance or doesn’t receive it at all:
- Early replacement: The life expectancy of an air conditioner that has routine maintenance is between 10 to 15 years. The lifespan drops by half if the system doesn’t have maintenance. You don’t want to spend money to replace an AC 5 to 8 years before you should!
- Poor performance: The strain that builds up on an air conditioner over only a year is enough to cause a decline in performance. Dirt is also a major problem, creating additional friction on motor parts and slowing down the absorption of heat on the evaporator coil. Expect hot spots in the house and reduced comfort with an unmaintained AC.
- Surprise breakdowns: Here’s something you never want to happen: it’s a 90°F day in the summer, and your AC abruptly stops cooling or its fan breaks. You’re trapped with no cooling until you can get emergency repair people to the house. You may even need to replace the whole AC. Maintenance is the best way to avoid this sort of nasty surprise, since technicians catch serious problems early so they can be fixed conveniently.
- High electrical bills: A huge chunk of your electrical bills during the summer go to running the compressor and fan of the AC. Without maintenance to clean and tune-up the system, the air conditioner will drain extra power, and you might see your cost to run the AC climb by 25%.
- Voided warranty: Many manufacturers’ warranties for cooling systems are voided unless the air conditioners have annual maintenance.
We’re experts for in air conditioning for Burbank, CA and throughout L.A. and the Valley. We have a great maintenance program to care for your AC this spring and many springs to follow. Membership in the program means you’ll also have heating maintenance each year in the fall. We’ll send you a postcard, email, or call you to remind you the next time you’re due for maintenance—that way you’ll never miss out on this important task.
Since 1990, Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical has served Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.