A Routine AC Checkup Can Help You Save Money

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Air conditioning is a relief on a hot day. So you want to make sure your AC unit is working well.

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) says the HVAC system (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) is "most likely the single biggest use of energy in your home."

Since energy use is expensive, efficient energy use from your AC means lower bills.

Regular checkups and maintenance can help you avoid potential problems with your AC unit. For example, dirty AC coils trap dirt, debris and mold, which can end up in the air you breathe; clogged drains back up and leak into your home; old or bad wiring could result in a house fire.
Overall, maintaining your air conditioner can give you quality indoor air and help you save energy and money. It also gives you peace of mind that your system is safe.

Plus, regular checkups help protect your manufacturer's warranty.
The checkups typically last one to two hours and ensure the refrigerant circuit is free of leaks or blockages, make sure all fans and blowers are free of obstructions and operating correctly; and ensure filters are clean.

After the checkup, the technician will let you know about any needed repairs, which can be made at additional expense.

Don't wait for a problem with your air conditioning unit to get the system serviced. Regular checkups and maintenance can add several years to the life of an HVAC system.

Those checkups are likely worth the cost. For example, according to ACCA, many manufacturers estimate that a 10 percent refrigerant loss could mean your system will be 20 percent less efficient. That's wasted money, especially if you could have prevented the issue with regular checkups.

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