As a homeowner, it is crucial to understand the costly consequences of delayed maintenance on your air conditioning system.
The service techs at Airvantage report regularly how the delayed maintenance of customers’ HVAC systems almost always leads to a series of costly repair items, affecting not only the efficiency of their system but, also their electricity bills.
In this article, we will explore the various ways in which neglecting air conditioning maintenance can lead to motor strain, capacitor failure, increased electricity usage, and reduced cooling capacity. We will also provide useful tips on how to prevent these issues and keep your system running smoothly.
Electricity usage increases due to higher overall amperage draw: Neglected air conditioning systems draw higher overall amperage due to increased power requirements. As a result, your electricity usage spikes, leading to inflated energy bills. By scheduling regular maintenance, including coil cleaning, filter replacement, and system checks, you can maintain your system’s efficiency and keep your electricity bills in check.
Cooling capacity decreases due to the ac system being less capable of expelling heat: When the air conditioning system is not properly maintained, it becomes less capable of expelling heat efficiently. Over time, accumulated dirt and debris restrict airflow, reducing the cooling capacity of the system. This can lead to prolonged cooling cycles, inadequate temperature control, and discomfort within your home. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning condenser coils and ensuring unobstructed airflow, helps maintain optimal cooling performance.
Motors work harder due to the increased power needed to overcome air resistance due to dirty coils: Dirty coils are a spoiler for sure. Keeping your outdoor condenser free from tall grass and other obstacles plus the occasional rinse using your garden hose, will go a long way in keeping your system running efficiently.
Preventing Costly AC Repairs: To avoid the costly consequences of delayed maintenance on your air conditioning system, here are some practical tips:
1) Schedule annual professional maintenance: Enlist the services of AirVantage Cooling & Heating to conduct a thorough inspection, cleaning, and tune-up of your system.
2) Clean or replace air filters regularly: Clogged filters restrict airflow, causing strain on the system. Check your manufacturer’s guidelines and clean or replace filters accordingly.
3) Keep outdoor units clear: Remove any debris, leaves, or vegetation around the outdoor condenser unit to ensure unobstructed airflow.
4) Maintain a consistent temperature: Avoid drastic temperature fluctuations to minimize strain on the system and promote energy efficiency.
Ignoring the maintenance needs of your air conditioning system can lead to a host of costly repair items as we have outlined above, including motor strain, capacitor failure, increased electricity usage, and diminished cooling capacity. By prioritizing regular maintenance and adhering to simple preventive measures, you can avoid unnecessary expenses and ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your air conditioning system. Remember, a well-maintained system not only keeps you cool but also saves you money in the long run.
Call AirVantage Today before you have to schedule a repair. John Van Drunen, Owner of AirVantage is a wealth of information… 409-354-1234.