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Summer is approaching, and that means it is time to think about turning on your AC for a trial run. While you may not be dependent on it yet, now is the time to test it out so you can get an idea of whether or not you will need air conditioning service and repair. Summer gets hot in Dallas, TX, and you don’t want to be dealing with repairs when the temperatures outside are scorching. It costs you little to nothing to turn on your AC right now and see how it runs.
With any luck, your AC will fire right up without a problem. You might smell some musty air for a few seconds, but that is completely normal given it hasn’t been on for probably over 5 months. Let your AC run for at least 30 minutes so you can make sure that it is cycling correctly and the air is properly cooling down. During this time watch your thermostat and see if the AC is capable of knocking off one or two degrees during its run time. If everything checks out then the last thing you have to do before the heat of summer descends is to schedule an air conditioning service.
Air conditioning service is one of the most important things that you can do to prolong the lifespan of your HVAC system and ensure that it is able to work throughout the long summer months without any issues. If you don’t like paying gout money on predictable issues, then a service call is the perfect fit for your home. Let’s face it, no one likes spending money that they don’t have to, but sometimes the best way to avoid spending money is to pay a small amount upfront.
After all, you would never dream of skipping your vehicle’s oil changes, and in a similar fashion, you shouldn’t dream of skipping your air conditioning service. If you stop changing the oil in your car, then eventually the engine will dry out and cause a complete breakdown. If you are lucky at this point you will still be able to repair it, while some people may find that they burned their engine out and the only thing that can fix it would be a complete engine overhaul- which is usually too expensive to even be considered a viable option.
The exact same thing can occur if you do not keep up with regular air conditioning service in Dallas, TX. The first year or two you skip your air conditioning service you probably won’t notice anything right away outside of your energy bills slowly starting to creep upwards. However, after a few more years your system will start to break down as components wear out earlier than they should and literally snap. Like an oil change, one of the key purposes of air conditioning servicing is to lubricate the moving parts in your system, so if you aren’t keeping up with that practice the end result will be a dry AC system that will break down.
You could end up in the exact same position as a broken-down car- when the only choice to get your AC system back to working condition is to replace major components that are extremely costly. At this point, most people will opt to buy a new AC system, but even that is not a comfortable situation to find yourself in. All of this could have been avoided with the minimal cost associated with an annual air conditioning service. This is just one of many reasons why regular service is so important to the health of your system.
If you don’t want to find yourself in between a rock and a hard place with your household budget, it is much wiser to just book your air conditioning service now. We are always happy to come out and service AC systems because it gives us a chance to help our customers out and proactively identify any issues we may see. If you are still on the fence about it though, it may be helpful to read over this quick list of the top benefits of regular AC service.
Avoid Preventable Breakdowns
As briefly highlighted, one of the number one reasons to consider air conditioning service is because it can help you avoid breakdowns in the middle of the hot Dallas, TX summer. While some breakdowns are unavoidable, and things can always go wrong without warning, a lot of situations can be avoided with proper attention. One of the major reasons that things break down is because they are not properly lubricated. One of the tasks that are completed during a standard AC service is thorough oiling of all moving parts within the AC system.
These moving parts get used all day every day during the summer months, so if the lubrication runs out they start rubbing on each other creating friction that eventually leads to one piece wearing out. If you are lucky only one piece will wear out, but if you don’t take immediate action more than one piece may break down. As you can imagine, metal on metal does not create an ideal situation, so anything you can do to prevent this will help you keep your system running smoothly all summer.
One of the biggest indicators that you need air conditioning service is the sound of metal grinding. In reality, you shouldn’t hear your AC make any noises, but a grinding noise is especially troublesome because it indicates that pieces are already rubbing on each other. As a side note, this is not something that you should attempt to handle on your own because while it sounds simple, a special oil must be used for AC systems and failure to do so can also shut your system down. In addition, the inside of your AC unit is very intricate, and one wrong action is all it takes to actually cause a breakdown yourself.
Minimize Repairs During the Summer Months
Even if your system doesn’t break down during the summer months you don’t want to spend half of your summer dealing with AC repairs. A proper air conditioning service can help you avoid that scenario. Repairs are not only expensive and will cost you more than your annual air conditioning servicing, but they are hard to schedule in the summer months when HVAC companies are swamped with customers. While we do offer emergency HVAC services, they tend to cost more and so most people end up waiting. You don’t want to be waiting on a repair listening to your AC unit get worse and worse.
Not when the simple way to avoid this reality is just to have your air conditioner serviced once a year. As mentioned, annual servicing is a lot cheaper than random repair visits and you can plan for it. It is a lot easier to budget for an expense that you expect to happen than one that seems to pop out of thin air. During the service call, the HVAC technician will carefully inspect all components of your AC system looking for parts that may show signs of wear. If they notice any, they will likely suggest that you proactively replace them which will prevent major repairs down the line.
At the very least, they can alert you to the issues so that you have time to budget for the repair and then schedule it at your convenience instead of waiting until an emergency occurs where the piece breaks completely. Keep in mind that usually when one part goes, another will go soon after if not repaired quickly enough. The best way to stay ahead of the game is to get a close look at your AC system via air conditioning service once a year.
Save on Your Energy Bills
Speaking of budgeting, no one likes paying more than they have to for home services. In fact, most people have a pretty strict household budget that they try to stick to. One area that can directly affect your home budget is your energy bills. While it is normal to expect your energy bills to creep up as Dallas, TX temperatures creep up in the summertime, they shouldn’t sharply skyrocket out of nowhere. An energy bill that sharply jumps or steadily reaches new heights that are much higher than last year usually indicates that you need air conditioning service.
Part of the air conditioning service process includes repairing parts that are worn and may not be functioning as efficiently as they once were and cleaning out the unit thoroughly. Combined, these tasks allow your AC to function much more efficiently which should reflect on your energy bills. Therefore, if you want to save money and keep your energy bills low throughout the summer months, the best way to do so is by booking an AC service. You would be surprised at the difference some fine-tuning can make, especially if your system is on the older side.
Lengthen the Lifespan of Your Unit
Speaking of older units, older HVAC systems require more care if you want them to reach their full lifespan. Between 12-15 years is considered the maximum lifespan of an AC unit. AC units are not cheap, so you want to make sure that you are getting the full lifespan out of your unit. After all, if you have to replace your unit every 8 years then in just 24 years you will have almost purchased one extra unit. Given the high costs of an AC system, this is not the way to go.
You can make sure that your AC unit actually makes it to its full lifespan by simply scheduling an air conditioning service. The same way you would not expect to live to 90 without seeing a doctor once, you shouldn’t expect your AC to make it either. Think of your air conditioning service like a yearly physical. The point is to troubleshoot problems, proactively address issues, and offer some helpful support. There are not a lot of things that you can control about hot summers and extensive AC use, but regular servicing is one way to help offset those factors. Even if you have to leave your AC on all summer, regular maintenance can help keep it working well enough to go the distance.
Restore the Air Quality in Your Home
Finally, as mentioned briefly, air conditioning service also includes a thorough cleaning of both your indoor and outdoor units which is essential to maintaining high air quality within your home. If you are like most Texans during the humid summer, your windows are firmly shut and sealed. That means that you don’t have a lot of fresh air entering your home outside of what is blowing out of your AC vents.
You want to ensure that the air that is then coming out of your vents is fresh and high-quality. Especially this summer when people will still be spending a lot of time within their own homes. All components of your system are thoroughly cleaned during air conditioning service and the outdoor unit is vacuumed out to ensure that dust and debris do not infiltrate your air supply.
In addition, if the HVAC technician finds any sign of mold growing inside the unit they will remove it and treat it so you don’t have to worry about mold spores in the air of your home. Regular servicing is simply the best way to increase the air quality in your home so you can breathe comfortably. A lot of people are surprised that their indoor allergies are just as bad as their outdoor allergies because old dusty HVAC systems don’t become one of them.
If you are ready to book your Dallas, TX air conditioning service, give One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Dallas a call and schedule now before the summer heat kicks in.