Spring is quickly starting to shift into summer here in Richmond, VA. As daily temperatures rise, it’s important to make sure your home’s air conditioning is in peak condition. As anyone who lives in Virginia can tell you, summer can be absolutely brutal, and you don’t want your air conditioning to cut out during the hottest part of the year.
The sad truth about air conditioning maintenance is that most people don’t think about getting their system checked until it has already broken down. Wouldn’t you rather make sure your HVAC system is working with a routine maintenance check and skip the part where you’re lying on your couch in the middle of August, bathed in sweat, waiting for someone to come perform emergency repairs on your air conditioning unit? I certainly would. If that’s not enough to convince you, here are some other reasons to get your AC checked before summer hits.
Avoid Small Problems Becoming Big Issues
Most experts recommend getting your HVAC system checked in the fall and spring to ensure that your system doesn’t encounter any problems during the hottest and coldest parts of the year. The hotter it gets, the harder your air conditioning has to work. When pushed to the extreme, small problems that would have been easily fixable can turn into larger issues that can cause damage to other parts of your unit.
When homeowners neglect to have routine maintenance performed for their HVAC systems, it can lead to a number of problems:
- Needing Surprise Repairs – It’s much easier to plan financially for a routine maintenance check. Most HVAC technicians have a flat rate for an AC check-up, but if your system breaks down, it could end up costing far more than a maintenance visit.
- Having to Replace Your HVAC System – This is one of the worst-case scenarios when it comes to AC repairs. Frequently, the problems that technicians catch on a maintenance visit can be fixed quickly, but if left unchecked, could cause a premature system failure. In some cases, this can only be fixed by replacing your current system, which usually comes with a hefty price tag.
- Mold – When central air systems break down in areas with high humidity (like Virginia, for instance) it can allow the moisture from the air to seep into drywall, carpets, and other areas of the home. This moisture mixed with the heat of the air can create perfect conditions for mold to grow, especially in bathrooms and basements where there is excess moisture. Central air helps to keep the interior of homes and businesses dry during humid weather.
- General Discomfort – We’ve all been in places without AC during the hottest parts of summer. While this excess heat isn’t usually dangerous, it is supremely uncomfortable and can make you miserable in your own home. If you run a business and the AC cuts out you will most likely lose potential customers due to your unpleasant temperatures.
Increase Overall Efficiency
In addition to avoiding a system failure, routine maintenance can increase your HVAC system’s overall efficiency. That means that your system won’t have to work as hard, and you’ll save money on your energy bills as a result.
When I get HVAC maintenance here in Richmond, I usually call Bradley Mechanical, they installed my system a couple years back, and they know it pretty well at this point. Their technicians always do a thorough cleaning of the system when they come to perform a maintenance check-up. This cleaning and tune-up makes sure that everything is functioning properly, free of damage, and that any dirt and grime is removed.
HVAC systems filter a lot of gross stuff out of your air, and many times that stuff can end up in the components of your system. Make sure that your HVAC technician does a thorough job of checking that there aren’t excessive amounts of dirt and grime building up inside your machine. Built up dirt can cause your system to work much harder than it needs to, and can lead to premature system failure if left too long.
Ensure Your Comfort
After a proper maintenance visit, your AC unit should be running in perfect condition, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your system is ready for the extreme summer temperatures. Don’t get stuck living in a sweat lodge this summer as a result of an HVAC break down, take the time now to call your local HVAC technicians and have them make sure your AC is functioning properly. It will save you money and make sure you and your family have comfortable indoor temperatures all summer long.