Why is Maintenance Important?
AIR CONDITIONER – HEAT PUMP
We all know that we can pay our auto mechanics a little now for routine service, or pay them a lot later for a major repair. The same idea holds true for your air conditioner or heat pump. If you don’t service your air conditioner or heat pump regularly, you’ll find yourself uncomfortable and broke.
An air conditioner is a very tough piece of equipment. It is engineered to withstand all sorts of abuse and keep on running. This is great in most respects, but it can lead to complacency about maintenance. Like a car, air conditioners need regular tune-ups to run properly.
Without regular maintenance an air conditioner loses about 5% of it’s original efficiency for each year of operation. This means that the 12 SEER unit that you bought just a few years ago may be functioning like a 9 SEER unit today! The good news is that you can recover most of that lost efficiency through regular maintenance. Studies show that with regular tune-ups a unit will maintain up to 95% of it’s original efficiency. This means that the cost of an annual tune-up is recovered very quickly in savings on your monthly electric bill and reduced repair costs.
A furnace is a critical element to proper system performance. Proper maintenance on the system requires steps similar to an air conditioner/heat pump but also includes:
With over 16,000 dryer vent fires a year, cleaning your dryer lint trap and vent pipe is more than just about reducing the energy consumption and effectiveness of your dryer, it’s about safety.
Water heater maintenance is one to the most important yet overlooked things homeowners need to take care of. Flushing a water heater properly insures durability, reduces breakdown risk and reduces energy consumption.
DISHWASHER – WASHING MACHINE
Hard water and calcium build out will reduce the life span, efficiency and performance of your dishwasher and washing machine. Annual calcium reduction treatment helps reduce hard water and calcium build up in internal components.
Refrigerators are essentially a small air conditioning system in your home. Just like an air conditioner, proper maintenance is recommended to insure performance, efficiency and reduced breakdown risk. Cleaning the condenser fin and coils regularly to remove the dust and grease build-up that inhibits heat transfer help a refrigerator to work less; which translating into lower energy bills and a longer life expectancy for one of the biggest investments in your kitchen.