Is there anything better than the feeling of air conditioning on a hot day? Air conditioning can make you feel relieved, comforted, and energized. It can be extremely uncomfortable when the air conditioning goes out.
If you read your air conditioner’s instructions or listen to air conditioning professionals, you may have heard you should have your air conditioning serviced once a year. You may have wondered whether or not this is necessary. The truth is, it depends a bit on how often you use your AC, where you live, and whether or not you have a residential or commercial property.
Do you use air conditioning most of the year?
If you live in Florida, Nevada, Arizona, or New Mexico, there is a chance that you will use your air conditioning during most of the year. People in other parts of the country do not use their air conditioning that often. If you use any piece of equipment more often than intended to be used, you will probably have to have annual maintenance.
When an air conditioner runs, electricity passes through the capacitors and contactors. The more you use an air conditioner, the worse the wear and tear on those components and the more likely they are to wear out. Hence, it is a good idea to have your air conditioner checked out annually.
If you have your air conditioner inspected and maintained once a year, you can catch minor problems before they become big ones.
An AC service company may charge you $100 for service on an air conditioner with a small problem such as a clogged hose for as little as $100. However, if you ignore a clogged hose, it may permanently damage an ac unit.
Where do you live?
Even if you live in a state with four seasons, you may have air conditioning problems specific to the area in which you live or the type of structure in which you dwell. If you are in a rural area, you may get more dirt in your air conditioner than you would if you lived in a high-rise in an urban area.
Some bugs can get into an AC unit in Florida that would not be around in another state. Cockroaches love air conditioners just as much as refrigerators. If you live in a structure that has a problem with these pests, they might get into your air conditioning unit’s filter or into the unit itself. Making sure your filter is cleaned or replaced annually is a good idea if you have a problem with dirt and bugs.
Are you responsible for the AC in an office building?
Keeping people comfortable when they work is very important. If you manage or own an office building, you want to ensure that the air conditioning does not break down on a hot day. Some business leases will allow tenants to move out or subtract money from their rent if they do not have air conditioning for a certain number of days per year.
You should look for an air conditioning company that offers annual maintenance so that both you and your tenants are comfortable.
On a scorching day, an air conditioner feels more like a necessity than a luxury. A broken air conditioner can even be dangerous to some people’s health. If you maintain your air conditioning regularly, everything will be cool.