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Do I Really Need an Air Conditioner Tune-Up Every Year?

At Cool Today, spring marks the beginning of our busy season. And, as we encourage Sarasota area residents to schedule their annual air conditioning tune-ups early, we are sometimes met with resistance and questions of, “Do I really need to get an air conditioning tune-up every year?”

At Cool Today, spring marks the beginning of our busy season. And, as we encourage Sarasota area residents to schedule their annual air conditioning tune-ups early, we are sometimes met with resistance and questions of, “Do I really need to get an air conditioning tune-up every year?”

We understand the hesitance to spend money when you think everything is fine, but annual air conditioner tune-ups are recommended not only by Cool Today but also by the EPA, ENERGY STAR, the U.S. Department of Energy, and local utilities. Here are several things to consider when thinking of skipping your tune-up.

It's for your own good.

As we said earlier, summer is an extremely busy time for air conditioning companies like Cool Today. One of the main reasons is that some homeowners decide to skip regular maintenance on their air conditioners or heat pumps. Then, when the extreme Florida heat hits their homes, their cooling systems are not prepared. An annual air conditioner tune-up is much more convenient (and less expensive) than having to call us later in the summer for a repair.

Your air conditioner has been dormant for months.

Have you ever noticed a musty or burning smell the first time you turn on your air conditioner in the summer? That’s dust and other debris that has collected on your coils over the winter. A large build-up of such debris can actually cause inefficient operation of your cooling system.

Other problems may also have surfaced during your air conditioner’s winter hibernation, such as refrigerant leaks and electrical problems. When you schedule an annual air conditioner tune-up, the technician will clean your coils and other critical components and check for any internal problems.

And you will save money!

If car insurance ads are any indication, everyone likes saving money. An annual air conditioner tune-up will save you a significant amount of money for a small up-front cost. Some of the ways a tune-up saves you money, include:

Reduced breakdowns

Annual air conditioner tune-ups allow you to find small problems before they turn into large ones. For example, a plugged A/C drainage line is an easy fix, but if left untended could lead to a much larger repair.

Increased efficiency

The Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, ENERGY STAR, and local utility companies all recommend annual air conditioner tune-ups to increase your cooling system’s efficiency.

Increased lifespan

Regular maintenance can extend the useable lifespan of your home’s air conditioning system. An annual air conditioner tune-up can also give you an idea of how much longer your system may have before you should consider a replacement.

So before the heat really hits Florida and your Sarasota area home, get an annual air conditioner tune-up and insure your cooling system against costly repairs. But be aware, not all tune-ups are created equal.

Cool Today has been providing world-class heating, cooling, and air quality service to the Sarasota and the surrounding counties since 1963. We employ NATE certified technicians that will make sure your job is done right the first time.

For more information, or to schedule a tune-up, contact us online or call 800-226-2636.