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Although summer is already in full swing, there are still many hot days that residents in northeast North Carolina and the Virginia Beach area have to be ready for. You don’t want your air conditioner to stop working and have to struggle with the heat. Unexpected breakdowns and repairs can be expensive, and inevitably also end up costing you time. So how can you avoid having your AC suddenly stop working?
The best way to prevent having your air conditioner give out on you is with seasonal maintenance. Just like your vehicle, your HVAC equipment needs to be serviced regularly to make sure it’ll work without any unpleasant surprises.
In addition to having peace of mind about its functionality, with a maintenance plan you’ll also experience the following benefits:
Home comfort with cool temperatures and lower humidity
Improved home indoor air quality to keep you and your family healthier
Reduced energy use
Lowered carbon footprint
Increased system lifespan
While maintenance will make sure your air conditioner is working effectively, in between service appointments there’s still a chance that a small problem or two will pop up. When it does — make sure you take care of it right away. Letting minor issues pile up can overwhelm your AC and eventually cause it to shut down.
It’s not something anyone likes to think about when they’re in the purchasing process, but after some time that brand new smartphone or car will need to be replaced. For a smartphone, it’ll likely be outdated and no longer hold a battery charge after about three years. Your air conditioner will also inevitably become less efficient over time and one day it will break down for good.
So if your central system is already over a decade old, it’s time to start thinking about a replacement before your AC crashes on the hottest day of the year. However, if you have a ductless mini-split heat pump and maintain it properly, it can stay more efficient than central air conditioning and last longer — around 20 years!
Stay cool for the remaining duration of the summer by making sure you’re taking measures to avoid unexpected air conditioning failure. Scheduling maintenance, paying attention to the little things, and eventually preparing yourself for replacement are all important steps to prevent unwelcome surprises.