Do I Really Need Preventive Maintenance For My System?

Posted On: March 4, 2021

While air conditioners are developed and tested to run reliably for years, an annual AC tune-up can be the key to keeping your HVAC system running at peak performance and helping to improve its life expectancy. Ignoring routine system maintenance can cause higher utility bills and reduced comfort. Even worse, it can make system components work harder, leading to reduced life expectancy, and in some cases a total shutdown or system failure.

Here’s why… During normal cooling system operation, dust, dirt, moisture from humidity or condensation, and microbial growths can build up on critical components like the evaporator coil or condenser coil. Left unchecked, these issues can lead to loss of efficiency and worse, breakdown of component materials and a shorter life.

While most average homeowners can handle simple air filter cleaning or replacing, calling a qualified HVAC technician for regular air conditioning system tune-ups can help ensure reliability, longevity, and in some cases prevent larger issues from developing. Short Pump Heating & Air will open up the outdoor and indoor units, do a more extensive cleaning of vital components, check cooling temperatures, and look for other signs of potential issues that could lead to trouble down the road.

Scheduling an annual AC maintenance is relatively inexpensive compared to a more serious issue that requires a more extensive air conditioner service. And in the long run, you could end up saving money by preventing serious repairs.

Some signs it’s time to sign up for a preventive maintenance tune-up:

To help keep your AC system and all of its moving parts running as they should, we recommend scheduling a minimum of one annual tune up. We also offer maintenance plans that include two visits per year for those wanting more regular checkups. If it’s been longer than usual between annual tune-ups, your system might start showing signs that it’s time to call Short Pump Heating & Air.

  • Energy bill is higher than expected
  • Air flow from cooling registers (vents) is less than normal
  • Indoor temperatures higher than normal/AC not keeping up
  • AC constantly running or turning on and off frequently
  • Higher than normal humidity inside

If you are experiencing any of the above, call Short Pump Heating & Air at 804-364-9040 to set up a service call or sign up for a preventive maintenance plan to get your home’s system back up and running efficiently!

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