If you live in Dallas, TX it is a safe bet that you have a home air conditioning system. The Dallas weather is simply too blistering during the summers to survive without. However, having an HVAC system alone is not enough to ensure that you stay cool during the hot summers. The best way to ensure that you have cool air all summer is by booking a regular air conditioning service.
The same way you need to take your car to the auto shop for preventative maintenance, you need to properly maintain your HVAC system if you want it to continue producing high-quality cool air during the summer. An AC service is a perfect way to make this happen. You wouldn’t drive your new car for 50k miles and expect it to continue functioning without a proper oil change and tune-up, and you shouldn’t expect your HVAC system to either.
The good news is that you won’t have to worry about it if you make a service agreement with a trained HVAC technician. Air conditioning service is a quick annual visit that is painless and very cost-effective when you compare it to how much you save by avoiding an emergency HVAC visit.
What to Expect During an Air Conditioning Service
If you have not scheduled an air conditioning service before you may be curious about what to expect. The basic HVAC service is a fairly simple process. The HVAC technician will usually thoroughly clean out your HVAC system to ensure that dirt and debris will not prevent it from working up to its full potential. Dirt and debris cannot only clog your system, but it will also make it work harder which means in the long run you will end up paying more in energy bills.
Therefore, regular AC service will actually pay for itself by lowering your monthly energy bills if you keep up with your annual visits. In addition, after cleaning out your system the HVAC technician will inspect it for any problems. This will involve a close look at the condenser unit, the evaporation unit, the fan, and the compressor. If they notice any components or parts that are starting to look worn down they will recommend replacement. Replacing items before they actually die will save you an emergency call during the heat of the summer and keep your HVAC system working at its full potential.
How Often Should You Schedule An AC Service?
The general recommendation for air conditioning service is once per year. Keeping your service schedule on track is the best way to ensure that nothing happens to your AC. A lot of people try to stretch it out by a few years, but every year you delay is another year when a worn down component on your HVAC system can break. Dust and debris also does not wait for anyone and will continue to build up and hinder the performance of your HVAC system if you do not act.
Winter or spring is an ideal time to schedule your AC service in Dallas, TX because your AC will not be in as high demand. Ideally, you want to have your system serviced while it is not in use so that any problems can be troubleshot without worrying about whether your AC is working. Sometimes if a piece needs replaced you will have to wait a few days for it to be ordered, delivered, and replaced. This is always better during the winter months when you don’t need your AC then waiting in the heat of summer. While the spring is ideal, there is never a bad time for an AC service so if you desperately need a servicing call us any time of the year.
How to Prepare for An Air Conditioning Service?
As a homeowner, you do not have to do much to prepare for an AC service. Most HVAC companies will recommend that you ensure there is a clear pathway from your driveway to your HVAC system. If it is in the basement ensure that you do not have any items stored close to it, as your HVAC technician will need space to work. The same is true if your unit is in a utility closet. In order to help make the process as safe as possible, your HVAC technician should arrive for the AC service with a face covering and cleaning supplies to disinfect the area once they are done.
Benefits of Air Conditioning Service
There are a lot of benefits to regular AC service. As mentioned, regular AC service can save you a lot of money. Servicing is much more cost-effective than breakdown repair, and regular AC service can also help you extend the lifespan of your unit which can help you save a lot of money down the road. Replacing an HVAC unit every 20 years instead of 10 years can help save your household budget a huge amount.
In addition, regular air conditioning service will improve the air quality in your home. Any debris or dirt left in your system will be pushed into the air. You will then breathe them along with the rest of your family members. Regular cleaning is the best way to remove dirt and allergens from the air which will in turn make your air safer to breathe. If you have a family member with allergies or asthma regular AC service is the best way that you can keep everyone safe.
If it is time for your regular air conditioning service give K&S Heating & Air a call. We regularly perform service calls for our customers and are happy to add new Dallas neighbors to our schedule book.