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By comforttech97009660, Mar 7 2018 06:12PM

Do I need to service my Air Conditioning system?

Well yes you do and here are 7 reasons why.

Reason #1: A spring tune up will give your air conditioner a head start.

At this point, it’s probably been about 5 months since you last ran your air conditioner for any length of time. Can you expect your system to run at peak efficiency once you need it again every day?

To put this in perspective, let’s imagine that you’re about to drive your car cross-country. Your car has been sitting in the garage for a couple of months, except for the occasional spin around the block. Before starting the long drive, wouldn’t you bring your car in for a tune up, an oil change, or even a tire rotation? You’d want to know that your car is running in top condition.

You can think about air conditioner maintenance much the same way. Virginia’s extended season of hot weather means a long period of heavy use for your air conditioner. Give your system a head start by making sure it’s ready. Or, you’ll run the risk of having lower operating efficiency or even a break down that would have been preventable.

Which leads us to our next reason:

Reason #2: Regular maintenance is almost always less costly than a repair job.

Back to our illustration. Could your car have survived the road trip without the extra precautions? Maybe. But, if your car did break down, a repair would have been more costly than the preemptive maintenance was.

The same goes for your air conditioner.

Sure, we can’t guarantee that your air conditioner will break down if you skip your tune up this time. But if you air conditioner does malfunction, you can bet that the repair will cost more than a tune up would have.

Tune ups can’t stop all AC problems from happening. Yet, in our years of experience we’ve found that 50% of cooling problems could have been prevented by annual maintenance.

That’s right, half.

During a tune up, your technician can detect small problems and fix them before they become big problems. You will have saved yourself the higher cost – and the bigger hassle – of a repair service call down the road.

But what if most major parts of your air conditioner are covered under warranty? Well, there is something you should know about your warranty.

Reason #3: Neglecting regular maintenance can void your warranty.

Most new air conditioners come with a limited warranty from the manufacturer. But did you know that your warranty might require you to keep your AC maintained?

Warranty certificates from Carrier, Lennox and Trane all make this clear. These companies won’t provide replacement parts unless your air conditioner was regularly maintained by an HVAC professional.

Check your warranty certificate for yourself. You can find this clause under a section called “Eligibility Requirements”, “Exclusions” or something similar.

This policy is a win-win. HVAC manufacturers know that a well-maintained air conditioner is less likely to need a warranty part in the first place.

Reason #4: A well-maintained air conditioner lasts longer than one that isn’t.

Regular maintenance leads to fewer repairs and can prolong your air conditioner’s lifespan. The reverse is also true. Neglecting proper AC maintenance can reduce its lifespan.

Let’s think about your car again. What if you never get an oil change, never buy new tires, and neglect all the recommended maintenance. Do you think your car will last as long as someone else’s who maintained their car properly?

Keeping your air conditioner maintained will help make it last as long as possible. It will also run at higher efficiency throughout its lifespan, keeping your home cool and your family comfortable.

Reason #5: A tune up can increase efficiency and decrease cooling costs.

Every year you skip maintenance, your air conditioner’s operating efficiency can decrease by 5%.

Here are some of the reasons for this:

• Over time dust and debris collects on the coils. The evaporator coils, being indoors, attract mostly dust. But the outdoor condenser coils can become full of dirt, grass trimmings and even leaves. This build-up impedes airflow and blocks heat transfer. Meaning that your air conditioner won’t be able to cool your home as efficiently.

• Your condensate drain needs to be checked for clogs. A clog can hinder your system’s ability to control humidity. In extreme cases, a clogged condensate drain could even cause water damage to your home.

• Motor parts need lubrication. Lack of lubrication can cause friction which reduces operating efficiency.

• Blower components need periodic cleaning and adjustment. Otherwise, they can cause airflow problems which can result in up to a 15% efficiency loss.

These and other standard tune up procedures can increase your air conditioner’s operating efficiency. This can translate cooling cost savings of up to 15%.

Reason #6: The EPA, EnergyStar and the USDE all recommend regular maintenance.

It turns out that we HVAC companies are not alone. The EPA, EnergyStar, and the U.S. Department of Energy all recommend regular or annual air conditioner maintenance. Mostly because of the energy efficiency benefits we mentioned above.

Reason #7: You’ll get faster service with more flexible scheduling in the spring.

So, have we convinced you to get your AC tuned up? If so, we recommend scheduling your appointment before summer.

Many people don’t think about their air conditioners until there is a problem (the fact that you’re reading this article says you’re not one of them – yay for you!). This means that summer is the busiest time for our technicians because of the volume of service calls and new installations. So, you might have to wait a while before we can get to your tune up. In the spring we’ll be more flexible to accommodate your schedule.

Ready to schedule AC maintenance?

Trust your next tune up to a Comfort Technology certified service technician. We have over a decade of experience in maintenance, repair and installation of heating and air conditioning equipment on the peninsula and the surrounding areas. We’re also A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s list so you can be assured that we provide quality, value and most importantly comfort.

Want a piece of Mind?

Join our Company’s energy savings agreement which is $175 a year per system and includes.

• 2 Semi-annual precision tune ups.

• 24 Hour service should your HVAC system break down.

No trip charges.

By comforttech97009660, Feb 8 2018 03:44PM

Every once in a while we’re asked what is the most important thing that Hampton Roads area homeowner's can do to secure their air conditioning and heating system between their seasonal tune ups? The answer is simple this; remember to change the heating and air conditioning air filter. Changing furnace and return air filters is critical to the proper performance of your HVAC system, not to mention your home's air quality. Studies show that indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental health risks? We know it's the last thing on your mind, but this is really important stuff. Changing the air filters is not all that hard for most North America homeowners, but there are usually two challenges to actually completing this job:

1. Knowing just how often to change your furnace or air conditioner filter.

2. Remembering to change air filters when needed.

When To Change Your Air Filters

Most filters have a recommended guideline on the packaging. It may say "Lasts up to 3 months" or "Change filter every 90 days". Check out the filters at the store and you'll see that some are engineered to only last a single month, while other manufacturers (like Honeywell) have produced media air cleaners with filters meant to be exchanged once every 6-12 months. The standard seems to be once every few months for higher quality filters, but we have a rule of thumb that we tell our friends and family to go by. If the filter is dirty, change it! A dirty air filter can contribute or cause damage to costly parts, like your compressor, so it's recommended to change it out more often than neglect it. If you want to follow the manufacturers recommended limit, we suggest writing the date on the filter when you swap it out, and programming a reminder for yourself in your phone or on a calendar. Also be aware that your filter manufacturer might have a different recommendation from your HVAC unit manufacturer.

Choosing how often to change your air filters can depend on several factors:

• Type of filter your A/C system requires

• The overall air quality of your North America area home

• Pets – Birds, cats, dogs, hamsters (do you have one?), etc.

• Number of occupants in the house

• General air pollution in the North America area or construction taking place nearby

For your typical 1"-3" air filters, the manufacturer specs basically say to change them bi-monthly, which is in fact a great rule of thumb. However, general guidelines are not applicable to all. If you have to tolerate light to moderate allergies, you may need to upgrade the air filter or change them even more regularly than OEM specifications. On the other hand, if you're in a remote area, own a infrequently occupied home (like a vacation home) or an area where there are fewer cars around, replacing your air filters each year may be quite sufficient. Why do pets matter so much? They have a tendency to shed, which can clog your air filter fast. Clearly, the air filter is just doing its job by capturing pet hair and dander, but tremendously dirty filters can cause weak HVAC performance.

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