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Is air conditioner service essential?

As we stay home to keep our households safe, home is becoming more important than ever. Many are evaluating every area of life to determine what is essential and what isn’t. Building repairs and maintenance are included in lists of critical industries because well-maintained homes are safer and less prone to emergencies.
Just like your car, giving the major mechanical systems in your home attention can greatly decrease the likelihood of failure and emergency repairs later on. Unlike your car, you are probably using your home systems more than before. Older systems (10-15+ years old) especially benefit from a close evaluation. Not only do system checks prevent breakdowns and make sure there is no carbon monoxide leaking, they can also increase efficiency and extend the lifespan of your air conditioner. This article covers a few frequently asked questions about regular service for your A/C.

What’s included in an air conditioner tune-up?

With so many home maintenance projects to do, scheduling a professional to check out your air conditioner can feel low on the priority list. You may even be asking yourself if you need an A/C tune-up at all. Annual checkups can improve performance, increase energy efficiency, and extend the life of your unit. Each company approaches tune-ups and system check services differently. Some are very basic, and others are incredibly thorough. It’s important to understand what’s included in your service. Every tune-up should include a detailed testing and evaluation of your air conditioner’s performance. Many times, you will want to make sure your service includes thorough cleaning of both the inside and outside parts of your system as well.

Is regular A/C service worth it?

Yes! Of course, the experts at A.B. May have seen first-hand that the benefits of A/C maintenance far outweigh the costs. Regular attention can improve performance and help you avoid breakdowns when hot weather arrives. During a System Check, we sometimes discover a minor issue that could quickly become a major breakdown when hot summer days test the capacity of your A/C. We can often repair it on the spot, keeping homeowners comfortable and saving them time and money.

What happens during a system check?

Your HVAC system is a complex machine that gets heavy use for much of the year. There’s no standard checklist for heating and cooling companies to use, so understanding what’s included can help you determine what kind of maintenance you need. All tune-ups are not the same. A.B. May offers two system check services to keep your air conditioning performing it’s best. Both levels give you a thorough evaluation of your entire heating and cooling system. Here’s what’s included in our maintenance service options:

  • System Check–test and evaluate your entire heating and cooling system for safety and performance.
  • System Check and Clean–thoroughly clean and physically maintain your system to increase efficiency in addition to evaluating for safety and performance. A System Check & Clean from A.B. May includes a cleaning as well as a detailed testing and evaluation of your air conditioner’s performance along.
  • How often should I schedule service for my air conditioner?

    Manufacturers recommend servicing your furnace and A/C every year. And since your furnace and air conditioner share many of the same components, we check both systems every time. You can get your entire system ready for the year in just one appointment. However, we do recommend that older systems (15 years+) get maintenance twice a year because the components are more likely to fail with extreme weather.

    4 Reasons to Schedule a System Check & Clean

    Regular maintenance is the best thing you can do to improve the comfort, efficiency, and longevity of your heating and cooling system. Just like your car, your furnace and air conditioner make up a major mechanical system that you use every day. Here are some major benefits to scheduling maintenance appointments every year:

    1. Safety

       – Safety is our top priority. We check your A/C for electrical wiring problems and make sure your home is safe from dangerous carbon monoxide.

    2. Lower energy bills 

      – Dirt and regular wear and tear force your unit to work harder to keep your home comfortable. This can cause energy bills to creep up over time. Thoroughly cleaning your system may visibly lower your energy costs.

    3. Prevent repairs and major breakdowns 

      – As with any large machine, parts may wear out from time to time. Giving your furnace and air conditioner a tune-up can save you from breakdowns when extreme temperatures test its abilities. With a System Check and Clean we check everything from dirty coils to motor voltage to make sure there aren’t any impending problems. Often, we can find a problem and make the repair before you even experience any discomfort.

    4. Extend the life of your unit-

      Regular attention keeps your A/C from working extra hard to compensate for underperforming parts. When your unit is well-maintained, you can expect it to have a longer useful life.

    What to Expect

    When you schedule a maintenance appointment with A.B. May, you can count on our technicians to be detailed and professional. They will answer your questions and give you a clear understanding of how your system is performing. After your Check and Clean, your system will be much better prepared to handle the kind of weather extremes Kansas City routinely faces. To learn more about what happens when you schedule a typical service call, visit our What to Expect page.

    Become a Service Plan Member Today

    All of our maintenance plans receive System Check & Clean benefits automatically. Service Plan members also receive a 15% discount on repairs or services that aren’t included in their plan. Becoming a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Plan member is a great investment in your home.