It’s easy to fall into a pattern of being reactive with your air conditioning system. In other words, you take it for granted when it works properly, and then you scramble to respond when something goes wrong. While Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric is always happy to offer prompt repair work, it would be even better if those repairs weren’t needed – and that’s where a preventative AC maintenance schedule comes into the picture.
With an AC maintenance schedule in place, you can stay ahead of many potential problems that may come along. Our team will take care of simple maintenance steps that help your AC unit work at its best summer after summer. Schedule your first service visit today and you’ll quickly see why Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric has been such a popular contractor for decades in the Dallas area. Or sign up for our WAM plan, an annual maintenance plan to help with all of your plumbing, HVAC, and electrical needs.
Why an AC Maintenance Schedule Matters
Ultimately, there are a couple of goals to keep in mind regarding an AC maintenance schedule for preventative care. First, to make sure your AC system stays up and running as often as possible. Instead of dealing with intermittent outages while you wait for repairs, it’s better to just keep the system in good condition so it can keep working day after day. Second, to steer clear of downtime in the middle of a sweltering Dallas summer.
Another reason to focus on maintenance for your AC system is to save money. At first, this one is a little hard to buy into, since you will have to spend money to have the system serviced from time to time. This is one of those times where you’ll want to spend money to save money, however. With regular service, you steer clear of issues that could pop up in the future and come with a much larger bill. When working with a trusted contractor like Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric you can have preventative maintenance performed for a very affordable price.
Building an AC Maintenance Schedule
The tricky thing about creating an AC maintenance schedule for your home is the needs of an AC system vary a bit from one home to the next. The size of your unit, how hard it works, its age and other factors all come together to influence the specifics of your schedule. Preventative maintenance is important for all air conditioning systems, but the details of those schedules will vary.
With that said, here are some key scheduling points to keep in mind –
- Air filters are a DIY job. Unless you have a unique AC system that has a filter that is hard to change or access for some reason, you can probably swap in a new filter on your own without professional help. During the height of the summer heat, you might want to change out your AC filter as often as once per month – and definitely not less than once per two months. Filters are affordable and will help you get optimal performance from your system.
- Plan a tune-up. Each year, plan for Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric to perform a system tune-up to get you ready for the summer heat. This will involve cleaning an AC system properly, checking levels, tightening connections, etc. Have this done sometime in the spring before you have to turn the air conditioner on for the first time after winter. This is a busy time for AC tune-up work, of course, so become a part of our WAM plan so you are never behind.
- Consider a mid-season follow-up. In some parts of the country, the air conditioning season is rather short – but that’s not the case in Dallas. Depending on the year, you could use your air conditioner heavily for most of the months on the calendar, so fit in a service visit during the middle of the summer to make sure things are still going well.
No Time to Waste
This is one of those things that’s easy to put off because it never feels urgent. After all, if your air conditioner is currently working, or if it’s not yet time to turn it on for the year, you won’t feel any rush to have preventative maintenance performed. But that’s exactly the point – you need to get to it before the problems arrive. Reach out to Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric today to discuss this matter and we’ll help you settle on an AC maintenance schedule that’s right for your system.