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AC Maintenance Helps Your System Weather the Off-Season

air-conditioning-maintenanceWe’ve officially reached the autumn season and winter will be here before you know it. Chances are you won’t be needing your air conditioner again until next season. That makes now the perfect time to schedule a maintenance session for your air conditioner, which will help it weather the off-season and be ready to go by the time you need it next year.

What Is a Maintenance Session?

An AC maintenance session most closely resembles a tune-up for your car: a chance to let an expert take a close look at the system and examine it for any problems. Issues that can be quickly fixed – such as loose bolts, clogged filters or frayed wires – will be dealt with as part of the maintenance session itself. If a more serious problem is encountered, the technician can schedule a formal repair session designed to deal with the issue in question. (In many cases, the repair session can take place immediately after the maintenance session.) Ideally, you should schedule maintenance sessions at least once a year, at either the beginning or the end of cooling season.

Why Do It?

It can be hard to see the value of regular maintenance sessions for your AC, especially if nothing appears to be wrong. In point of fact, however, the number of advantages to your system will certainly pay dividends as time goes on.

  • Improved Efficiency. Loose bolts, leaking refrigerant and similar little issues have a way of leeching efficiency from your air conditioner. As a result, your system will work harder to do its job and raise your monthly bills accordingly. Maintenance, on the other hand, will improve your system’s efficiency: lowering your monthly bills next summer. In addition, it can reduce wear and tear on more expensive components, which in turn lowers the risk of future breakdowns.
  • An Early Jump on Repairs. If your system suffers a sudden breakdown, you usually need to scramble to get it fixed, and the damage will likely be quite extensive. Catching a potential repair issue early means first that you can schedule repairs at your leisure, at a time that fits your schedule, instead of running around in the wake of an unexpected problem. In most cases, the cost of repairs is lessened as well, since the damage hasn’t had as much time to spread.
  • Longer Life. Results may vary from individual unit to individual unit, but when applied regularly over time, maintenance sessions have a way of cutting down on wear and tear. That means the system tends to last longer than it might otherwise and will continue to run for months or even years after the warranty has expired. Considering the cost of replacing an outdated air conditioning system, that can give the system a huge amount of value. In addition, by cutting down on wear, maintenance sessions tend to reduce both the risk and cost of repairs for older systems which further extend their longevity.

If you haven’t scheduled a maintenance session for your air conditioner in your Orem, UT home in the past 12 months or more, give the professionals at Skylake Heating & Air today!

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