Do I really need to have my Air Conditioner serviced?
July 31, 2013
During the last few months, we have been busy with Air Conditioning service calls, and have been pleasantly surprised by customers who tell us how worthwhile the whole experience has been. This shocked us. We thought that heating and air conditioning purchases were “grudge purchases” – no one really wants to spend any money on it. While I’m quite sure no one wakes up in the morning thinking “I want to get my A/C serviced so it will keep me comfortable when I need it”, there is a surprising amount of positive feedback around having a tune up for your A/C.
Before you think that I’m just trying to sell more tune-ups, consider a few things. First, while we know that people are reluctant to get their heating and cooling equipment serviced, they positively hate it when it unexpectedly breaks down. We can tell you that the two most likely times that an Air Conditioner will break down are at the beginning of the season after a few dormant months, and in the middle of a heat wave when the equipment is being pushed to its max. A tune-up will not only test your unit to ensure it is in working order, but is also likely to highlight worn and fatigued parts that can be replaced before you really need it.
Second, have you ever heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? This is especially true for furnaces and air conditioners. Today they have been designed with a 10 year warranty as standard, with properly maintained units lasting upwards of 20 years. While the good news is that the equipment CAN last 20 years, the bad news is that without periodic check ups that life can shrink to as little as 7-8 years. If you look at the cost of a new unit it’s easy to see how routine maintenance is actually a cost savings when compared to replacement.
Finally, have you ever noticed how well your car runs after you’ve had it in for an oil change and some maintenance? The same thing is true for your furnace and A/C. In fact, with increasing hydro prices, the cost of the tune up is around half the electricity savings that you’ll get from an efficient A/C.
So if you think your Air Conditioner is ok –until it isn’t, think again; a $45 service call is one of the best values you’ll find.
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