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March 6, 2015
How Often Should My AC Be Tuned-Up?
Most homes in Jacksonville have a central AC to get residents through the hottest days. These systems get quite a bit of use in our area, so it’s not surprising that your unit may need service sometime in the near future. However, air conditioning maintenance can help to delay the possibility of a whole-system breakdown, potentially reducing your monthly energy costs and improving performance, quite substantially in some cases.
So how often should you schedule an AC tune-up? Here at Buehler Air Conditioning, we recommend tuning up your air conditioner with a professional once a year at least. When you join our USA Club, you’ll get twice annual maintenance visits from a trained technician as well as many other benefits on top of it. Schedule your spring AC tune-up today.
Why a Yearly Tune-Up Is Necessary
Here in Jacksonville, we use air conditioning for much of the year. Parts can become worn down fairly quickly, especially when you compare the average use of an AC in our area to how much someone in the Northeast, for example, uses theirs. Parts begin to fall into a state of decline, slowly wearing away until the chances of a breakdown begin to increase. The components may also gather dirt, dust, and debris, all of which can affect performance and efficiency.
During a tune-up, your air conditioner gets a thorough cleaning, as dirty parts can greatly inhibit efficiency, far more than you might expect. Your technician should also adjust some of the primary components and give you an idea of the current condition of your AC. You can decide together whether to schedule repairs for any damaged parts or if it’s almost time for an air conditioning replacement. We recommend scheduling this service in the spring.
Ducted and Ductless Heat Pumps
A heat pump, on the other hand, is a little bit different. Heat pumps are air conditioning systems and heating systems in one, which means that they get quite a bit of use over the year. You may switch it over to heating mode on a particularly cold day, and this involves making use of parts that go unused for most of the year. Check that these, too, are in good shape before the heating season by scheduling twice annual heat pump maintenance.