It is getting hot and it is going to get hotter. Have you had your air conditioner checked out for the hot summer months? If you don’t have it serviced now, you might find yourself uncomfortable and broke with a major repair.

An air conditioner is engineered to withstand abuse and keep on running. For this reason, you might become complacent about maintenance. But like a car air conditioner, your home air conditioner needs regular tune-ups to run properly.

Without regular maintenance your air conditioner loses about 5% of it’s original efficiency for each year of operation. So, the 12 SEER unit you purchased a few years ago may be cooling you like a 9 SEER unit. With regular maintenance you can recover most of the lost efficiency. Studies show that with regular maintenance, a unit will maintain up to 95% of its original efficiency. Savings on your monthly electric bill and the repair costs offsets the cost of a maintenance checkup. A maintained air conditioner will also work better at dehumidifying your home.

Maintenance service checks are inexpensive when it comes to keeping your air conditioner running smoothly. A check up should include cleaning the condensing coils, checking the amp draw of the compressor, oiling the fan motors, checking belts, and checking operating pressures and temperatures against manufacturers specifications. Also, the coolant (Freon) in the air conditioner should be checked. Filters should also be changed out.

There are things you can do to help with the maintenance of your air conditioner. Change the filters on a regular basis. Keep bushes from growing up against or in the outside unit. Avoid closing supply air outlets in your house.

Bottom line? Service maintenance contracts can and will save you money in the long run.