Here in the Phoenix area, we’re no stranger to high temperatures. Home and property owners all over the area rely on their air conditioners to provide the cool, clean air they need to get through the summer. When temperatures top 100 degrees, you need an air conditioner that is capable of handling the increased demand. Regular maintenance is necessary to ensure that your home is ready for the summer heat. At A/C Doctors, our experienced HVAC technicians can help with our A/C maintenance services.

The Benefits of Regular Air Conditioner Maintenance

Your air conditioner works hard to keep you cool all summer. Many people don’t think about their air conditioner unless they experience a problem. If you’re wondering if regular air conditioner maintenance is necessary for your Gilbert home, the answer is yes. A malfunctioning or poorly performing air conditioner can be dangerous when temperatures start to soar.

Regular maintenance is critical for preventing problems with your air conditioner. Air conditioner service ensures optimal performance of your HVAC system during extreme weather. Neglecting annual maintenance can lead to long-term problems, including higher energy bills, expensive repairs, and system failure.

Improved Energy Efficiency

Over time, dust and dirt can accumulate inside the unit. When dirt builds up on the coils and filters, it obstructs the flow of air through the unit. You might notice that your air conditioner runs more frequently. You also might notice reduced air flow or warm air coming from the vents. Your air conditioner will need to use more electricity to cool your home, which leads to higher electric bills.

During a maintenance appointment, our technicians clean your air conditioner thoroughly. We’ll remove the dirt and debris. Since your air conditioner won’t need to work as hard, you’ll notice an improvement in the unit’s energy efficiency. Your utility bills may decrease.

Better Airflow

Dirt and debris buildup can cause other problems in your home. When this dirt obstructs airflow, you might notice warm and cold spots in your home or feel warm air blowing from your vents. Condensation may form on your windows, ceilings, or walls. This temperature imbalance and increased condensation create the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth.

Your air conditioner will run more frequently to cool the warm areas of your home. This temperature imbalance makes your home less comfortable. Over time, you’ll notice higher utility bills and a decline in your air conditioner’s performance. During a maintenance appointment, our technicians will check the airflow throughout your home and look for signs of a temperature imbalance. We’ll clean the unit and perform any other necessary maintenance to correct your temperature problems.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

When your air conditioner is dirty, that dirt eventually will enter your home through your vents. Mold, pollen, and animal dander also can accumulate in your unit and circulate through your home. You may notice increased respiratory problems like coughing, sneezing, and wheezing. Residents with allergies, asthma, or compromised immune symptoms may experience an increase in symptoms. When you call us for air conditioner maintenance, we’ll clear away the dust and debris that can aggravate respiratory symptoms.

Prevent Expensive Repairs and System Failure

Your maintenance appointment includes repairing minor issues, such as frayed belts, squeaking bearings, or refrigerant leaks. If left unaddressed, these minor problems can damage your HVAC unit and cause system failure. Dirty coils can cause the compressor to overheat and fail. A loose bearing can damage expensive air conditioner components. A frayed belt eventually will cause the fan motor to overheat and fail. In many cases, regular maintenance catches these issues early enough to prevent expensive repairs or total system failure.

Keep Your Warranty Coverage

If you have a newer air conditioner, your warranty’s terms and conditions may require annual maintenance. When you file a warranty claim, the manufacturer may request proof of maintenance. Without proof of regular maintenance, the manufacturer can deny your warranty claim and void the warranty. Neglecting regular maintenance can lead to more out-of-pocket costs later on.

What You Can Expect During a Maintenance Appointment

Many homeowners ask what they can expect during an air conditioner maintenance visit. This appointment includes a thorough inspection of every component of your system.

The Visual Inspection

We begin the maintenance appointment with a visual inspection of your HVAC system. Our technicians examine the indoor HVAC unit, the outdoor compressor, vents, ductwork, and thermostat. During this visual check, we look for worn parts, rust, or corrosion.

After the visual inspection, the technician will turn on the unit and assess its performance. We’ll listen for squeaks and other strange noises. Our technician also checks the airflow coming from your vents. Excess dirt or warm air can indicate problems with your air conditioner.

Cleaning Your Air Conditioner

After our technicians assess your unit’s performance, we get right to work. Our technician thoroughly cleans the unit. We’ll check your air filter. If necessary, we will clean or replace the air filter. We also clean the condenser coils and lubricate the bearings and other moving parts. Our technician inspects the wiring, contacts, and other electrical parts.

Checking for Leaks

Our experienced technicians will check for common problems, including leaks, clogs, and mold. Low refrigerant and iced refrigerant lines can indicate a leaking air conditioning unit. If necessary, we’ll add refrigerant and repair any parts. We’ll check your ductwork for signs of leaks.

Before we leave your home, our technicians will calibrate your thermostat and turn on the unit. We make sure we’ve addressed any issues with your system. We also will answer any questions and make recommendations to improve your air conditioner’s efficiency.

The Best Time to Schedule Your Air Conditioner Maintenance

Many homeowners ask when they should schedule air conditioner maintenance. The best time to schedule this visit is in late winter or early Spring when average temperatures are still below 90 degrees. You’ll avoid the busy summer season!

The A/C Maintenance Experts in Gilbert

No matter where you live in the Phoenix area, our team at A/C Doctors is here for all your HVAC needs. For over 20 years, we’ve been serving customers from Gilbert to Buckeye. We offer air conditioning repair, maintenance, and installation services. When you need to repair and install a furnace, our team of experienced HVAC technicians help. We also offer ductless mini-splits and electric furnaces. If indoor air quality is a problem, you can call our team and ask about our air purification systems. We also offer more services for your home than just HVAC and air quality. Homeowners all over Phoenix count on us for plumbing services like drain cleaning and leak detection. Customers choose us because of our high-quality work and competitive prices. Unlike many HVAC companies, we provide upfront prices with no added fees or hidden charges. We offer flexible scheduling and 24/7 emergency service. We’re proud to be there when you need us.

When you need heating and cooling services, contact our team at A/C Doctors in Gilbert today!

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