All air conditioning systems should be serviced annually to ensure optimum performance, but ignoring these needs in Florida could result in expensive repairs and a shorter system life. The generally high temperatures and humidity levels in areas such as Marco Island and Naples, mean residents have to rely on their air conditioners for almost the entire year. As a result, cooling needs for the year can account for a significant portion of energy bills. Regular AC maintenance is therefore a necessity in Florida. Proper AC care helps to increase comfort, extend the life of your system, and reduce energy consumption.
What Does AC Maintenance Entail?
AC maintenance is essentially an inspection and tune-up. Your HVAC technician thoroughly evaluates all major components of your air conditioning equipment to ensure that everything is in good working order. Some of the main issues addressed during AC maintenance include:
- Cleaning – dust can settle on internal parts of the system and affect airflow, potentially inhibiting efficient cooling. Additionally, dirt and grime can affect indoor air quality, and result in health problems by contaminating the air you breathe.
- Part integrity – your AC technician will inspect parts that are prone to wear, and repair or suggest replacement where necessary.
- Refrigerant – inadequate refrigerant levels can lead to poor cooling performance and high energy usage. Additionally, this can result in damage to your compressor. Your technician will check for low refrigerant and make recommendations for leak repairs or recharging of the supply as needed. Any HVAC technician handling refrigerant will need to have proper certification .
- Airflow – problems with ducts can also affect airflow and result in poor system performance. Your technician will check for leaks or damage within the ductwork.
Timing Your Maintenance Appointment
It is often difficult to distinguish between seasons in Florida since it seems sometimes as if summer never ends. It is recommended that you schedule AC maintenance at the start of what would be the spring season, or at least right before it starts to get hot. By doing so, your air conditioner will be at peak performance during those hot, humid months.
Accurate Comfort Services, Inc. provides maintenance services that will keep you comfortable all year long. Call us today at (239) 389-9600 for more information or to schedule an appointment.