It’s 90 degrees in August. You go to turn on the air conditioner one morning, but it won’t work. Something’s broken.

When you start calling around for HVAC servicing, you find out that everyone else is calling too, and the earliest someone can come out is next week. In the meantime, the temperature is supposed to hit 100 over the weekend.

The above may sound like a worst-case scenario, but it happens every year to people who assumed that working AC meant everything was fine. That’s not the case. Regular AC maintenance is critical to ensuring your system can cool your house in a safe, efficient manner.

Read on to find out more about the ins and outs of HVAC maintenance.

The Lifespan of Your AC

Someone buying a brand new central air conditioning unit for their house can expect it to last an average of 12 to 15 years.

Part of the lifespan depends on how much work it has to do during the hottest months of the year. A cooling unit that is constantly turning on and off will wear down the compressor faster.

The compressor is the most expensive part of the system. Once it goes, the whole thing will probably need to be replaced.

The Importance of BTUs

Something called thermal output capacity is also important. That’s measured in British Thermal Units or BTUs.

To find out how many BTUs you need to cool a space, look at things like the size of the room and how much sunlight it gets. A kitchen full of windows is going to need more BTUs than a small bedroom with a single window.

A unit with a capacity that lines up well with the house it’s in will tend to last longer, but it’s still going to need regular maintenance to ensure everything is working as it should.

Annual Service Provides the Best Results

Heating and cooling maintenance is a lot cheaper than having to buy and install a brand new HVAC system. It’s best to bring in a professional to inspect your AC on an annual basis.

It’s tempting to think that you can take a look at the system yourself and see if there are any obvious problems. The thing is, there are numerous issues that only a trained eye can spot.

Sure, you may have seen water or other signs of a refrigerant leak, but that doesn’t mean you can deal with it on your own. Noticing something isn’t the same thing as being able to repair it, and whoever repairs it will need to use special equipment. They’ll also need to have a strong background in refrigerants.

Bad wiring is another issue that requires the right mix of education and experience to properly tackle. If you try to fiddle with it on your own, you risk making the issue worse.

HVAC servicing is a good way to detect issues early on before they have a chance to get more complicated and expensive. Think of it as akin to a dentist catching a cavity while it can still be fixed with a filling instead of a root canal.

AC Maintenance You Can Trust

We know how important AC maintenance is because we have decades of experience in the field.

When the weather is sweltering, we know how to stay cool, and we can make sure you stay cool as well.

Check out our blog for more tips on how to get the most out of your AC.