How Often Should You Service an Air Conditioner?

A Technician Services an Air Conditioner.

Schedule Maintenance Regularly

No matter what type of HVAC equipment you have, a licensed technician should inspect, clean, and service it at least twice per year. Ideally, the tech will provide service for the heating system in the fall prior to when you will need it to run its best during the winter months. Likewise, the air conditioner will need a check-up in the spring before the hottest months of the year hit.

As you prepare for the Georgia summertime, it’s important to give your air conditioning unit the attention it deserves. You want your system to keep you cool and operate optimally. You do not want it to break down on the hottest day of the year!

Even if you don’t think there are existing problems with your unit, it’s still a good idea to schedule professional service. As the system runs, it accumulates dirt, dust, and debris that can minimize its efficiency. Without proper service, an A/C system can lose 5% of its operating efficiency each year due to build-up. This means it won’t cool your home as efficiently as it would if it were clean. Plus, you are essentially throwing money out the window on cooling costs, because your system has to run much harder to keep your home cool.

What Happens during Air Conditioning Service?

When you schedule professional service for your air conditioner, here’s what you can expect:

  • Thorough cleaning or replacement of the air filter. This is important for energy efficiency and also to keep clean air running throughout your home.
  • Cleaning of the indoor coils to allow proper drainage and airflow. Only a trained professional should perform coil cleaning to prevent damage.
  • Cleaning of the outdoor coils for efficiency and to increase the lifespan of the equipment.
  • Cleaning of the condensate pump—one of the often overlooked components of the A/C unit. The pump can get full of slime and sludge, which leads to decreased efficiency and even system failure.

Most air conditioning units will last at least 15 years as long as they receive regular maintenance. While it’s essential to schedule A/C service once a year, it’s also a good idea to perform some minor housekeeping on it regularly.

One of the easiest and most important tasks you can do on your own is changing the air filter. A technician will handle this during the HVAC maintenance visits, but you should also plan to change the filter at least every 90 days—more often if you have pets or family members with allergies or respiratory issues like asthma.

Turn to the Trusted Heating and Cooling Experts at Billy Butler

If you need reliable and professional HVAC service for your air conditioner this season, call on our friendly experts at Billy Butler Heating & Air Conditioning. Connect with us online now or call 770-861-7114 to schedule an appointment before the Georgia summer is in full swing.