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Preventative Maintenance: The Key to Avoiding Costly AC Repairs

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As summer approaches, certain things must be done around the home to ensure it is ready to accommodate the hot summer temperatures. The best way to do this is by keeping up with AC maintenance services. These services go a long way to preventing costly AC repairs and early unit replacements. In this blog, we will review some of the critical benefits of preventative maintenance for your HVAC unit and answer some of the most commonly asked questions. 

Benefits of AC Maintenance Services

Early Detection of Problems

The beauty of maintenance services is that they allow AC technicians the opportunity to catch issues before they grow into more extensive repairs. For example, as part of our maintenance services, we often recharge the refrigerant fluid. Low levels of this fluid cause the compressor to work harder and wear out faster. If it goes unaddressed, the compressor may fail and replacing it costs as much as replacing a whole AC unit. The small problem of low refrigerant fluid is much easier to fix than the compressor. 

Improved System Efficiency

Regular maintenance services ensure that your AC unit works at optimal efficiency levels. You will enjoy greater comfort in your home if your HVAC system is more efficient. Plus, the AC’s various components won’t wear out as fast, reducing the need for extra repairs.  

Longer Lifespan for Your Unit

When your AC is maintained correctly, your unit’s lifespan will be extended to the maximum. You will get the most out of your AC when all its parts are in their correct place and working properly. 

Reduce Energy Costs

High AC efficiency  also means it won’t use as much energy to provide those cooling temperatures in your home. As a result, you will see a decrease in energy costs which will save you money in the long run. 

Most Commonly Asked Questions about AC Maintenance

Now that we have gone over some of the benefits of keeping up with maintenance services, we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions to help you better understand the importance of maintenance. 

What is Checked During AC Maintenance?

During this service, our technicians check the following components of the AC unit: 

  • Air filters
  • Coils
  • Refrigerant levels
  • Electrical connections
  • Thermostat
  • Fan motor and blades
  • Drainage 

Is it Necessary to Service AC Every Year?

Yes, we recommend having your AC serviced at least once a year. Annual maintenance ensures these essential benefits for your air conditioning system:

  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Extended lifespan
  • Prevention of breakdowns
  • Warranty compliance

How Often Should Freon be Added to an AC Unit?

Freon is necessary for producing cool air in the home. It isn’t common to regularly refill this fluid as that would indicate an ongoing leak. If the fluid levels continue to dip, the HVAC technician will inspect your AC for the following problems: 

  • Refrigerant leak
  • Improper installation
  • Wear and tear of the unit

Is it OK to Run AC All the Time?

Most air conditioning units are designed to be durable and reliable, regardless of how long you run them. It is fine to run them all the time, but we recommend giving your AC a break after eight hours of operation. Here are some consequences of running your AC all the time: 

  • High energy costs
  • Faster wear and tear of the system
  • Increased humidity levels for oversized AC units
  • Constant noise

Is it Normal for the AC to Run Every 5 Minutes?

Sometimes the AC will cycle on and off to maintain the desired temperatures in your home. However, it isn’t normal for it to run every 5 minutes. This problem is often called “short cycling” and is often caused by the following problems: 

  • Dirty air filter
  • Incorrect thermostat settings
  • Leaking air ducts
  • Low refrigerant levels
  • Oversized AC unit

Call Us for AC Maintenance Services!

Is your air conditioning unit ready for the summer? Contact Dallas Plumbing & Air Conditioning today to schedule your maintenance service and prepare for the long, hot summer.

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