Routine air conditioning maintenance, or also called a tune-up, is the key to prolong the life of your AC unit. Air conditioning systems always seem to break down when the weather is extremely warm, usually when it is working as hard as it can and when you need it most. In southwest Florida, that is pretty much all of the time. A Southwest Heating and Cooling Maintenance Program will help avoid breakdowns plus it protects and prolongs the life of your equipment.
An air conditioner's filters, coils, and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases. When not kept in shape, even the best heating/cooling system can cost you by wasting energy. How much? Depending on how you heat and cool your home and the climate of the area you live in, clogged filters, dirty thermostats, sooty flues, leaky ductwork, and un-lubricated fan motors can reduce heating and cooling efficiency by up to 25 percent!
The average lifespan of condensers/air handlers is 8 to 12 years. That being said, would you purchase a new car and not maintain it? The same runs true with any kind of mechanical apparatus. All have parts which need to be kept clean and free of debris, Freon or charge levels must be checked, damaged parts must be repaired/replaced as needed as failure to do so will reduce the lifespan of the unit.
Some customers believe that because it is a new unit and has a 5 to 10 year warranty on parts, why should I pay to have it maintained? The answers are simple, because:
Planned Maintenance – Two maintenance calls each year at six month intervals or as close to that as possible depending on your time here. Purpose: to inspect and advise you of any needed repair (no repairs are made without your approval), to prevent breakdown and maintain efficiency. Our inspections and checks include the following:
Before Coil Cleaning
After Coil Cleaning
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