Why Schedule Spring A/C Tune-Ups?
Don’t wait until temperatures soar. Now is the absolute best time to make sure your customer’s cooling system is ready to go for summer. By tuning up their air conditioner, you save them time and money, reduce the likelihood of a crisis, and avoid the inconvenience, frustration and danger of leaving them without a cool, comfortable home during the hottest and most humid time of the year.
Like a car, air conditioners have lots of parts that can wear out over time. Many components are under a lot of stress and can degrade over time. A tune-up allows professionals to examine the inner workings of an air conditioner to ensure all the important components are functioning correctly and safely. Fixing any issue in the spring means your customer is less likely to have a breakdown when it’s extremely hot outside and when HVAC technicians are in high demand.
Also, just like a car, older air conditioners tend to have more problems. The older they get, the more inevitable a problem becomes. Manufacturers and technicians will strongly urge homeowners to have an older A/C unit serviced yearly for safety reasons.
Is an Air Conditioner Tune-Up Really Necessary?
Many homeowners might be asking: Do I really need to have my AC unit serviced every year? Although some homeowners don’t, there are five great reasons they should, especially if they have an older cooling unit.
What are the Benefits of a Spring Tune-up?
1. LONGER SYSTEM LIFE
When you take care of the things you own, they last longer. Most HVAC systems that fail prematurely do so because of lack of maintenance. When a homeowner forgoes maintenance, their system will experience a buildup of dirt and debris. When this happens, their system will no longer be able to function at peak efficiency.
After having to work so hard day after day, it’s eventually spent and can no longer go any further. A healthy system that undergoes routine maintenance will last 25 to 40 percent longer. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a proper air conditioner tune-up can improve your customer’s system durability, saving money in the long-term. Moreover, an optimally performing cooling system requires fewer repairs over the life of the system.
2. REDUCED RISK OF A BREAKDOWN
A seasonal air conditioner tune-up reduces the likelihood of an untimely breakdown. When cooling systems run to the maximum, they’re bound to break down eventually. For instance, an air conditioner could break down during extreme weather conditions, or during an important holiday when your customer has friends or family over.
In fact, some experts have said that 75 percent of calls during the summer are due to lack of maintenance. A licensed technician will be able to spot any current issues an air conditioner is facing as well as any potential problems.
3. INCREASED ENERGY-EFFICIENCY
Since cooling and heating equipment accounts for nearly half of a home’s energy costs, it’s important that the system works efficiently. When the cooling system works harder to provide the level of comfort needed, it’s going to require more energy, which also means more money. Dirty air filters and coils, a lack of lubricant on parts, and a low refrigerant charge are all reasons an air conditioner might not be functioning properly. When a system is operating at peak efficiency, however, that translates into savings.
An air conditioner tune-up includes verifying and adjusting the refrigerant charge if needed, plus the inspection and cleaning of the indoor and outdoor coils to ensure correct temperature drop across the coil and proper cooling performance. In addition to ensuring safe operation, this will keep the air conditioner running as efficiently as possible all season.
4. CLEAN AIR
Most air conditioner tune-ups also include some basic cleaning and a new air filter. This cleaning process can help remove some of the dust and debris in the system, improving air quality throughout the home. More involved tune-ups may also include duct cleaning, which removes even more dust and dirt.
5. PROPER AIRFLOW
Restricted or limited airflow places an unnecessary strain on an air conditioner that can lead to a shortened lifespan and/or increased repairs. During an air conditioner tune-up, the HVAC technician will perform a static airflow test. This test will measure how hard the fan is working to move air throughout the home.
6. ENSURE THE MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY STAYS IN EFFECT
Most manufacturers require the homeowner to have regular maintenance on their heating and cooling systems performed by a licensed professional and to keep records of all work. Failure to do so could void the warranty.
So, with these reasons in mind, it only makes sense to tune up your customer’s home’s air conditioning systems now before the long hot humid summer cooling season begins. Having a tuned-up HVAC system will also give you peace of mind knowing everything is ready for a summer of fun.
If you are curious how to market A/C Tune-Ups to your customers, simply contact your Larson Residential Specialist!