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3 Reasons Why Annual Inspections And Tune-Ups Are Essential For Your Air Conditioner

With the approach of summer, have you been giving more thought to your air conditioning unit? Do you know how long it's been since you had a professional check out the unit? Many people do not give much thought at all to their air conditioning, as long as it works. Unfortunately, by not thinking about this appliance, they're likely dooming themselves to more severe and more frequent failures in the long run. If you're still not entirely sure whether or not you need a professional right now, some of the biggest reasons why you should have one check out your air conditioner on a regular basis include:

Wiring inspection: Although the wiring in your air conditioner doesn't move, it can still get damaged over the years. The small vibrations caused by the unit's fan motor can be sufficient to cause wires to break. Very small insects or lizards may be able to slip through the exterior and then either try to chew on or get caught in the wires which could cause electrical issues. During an annual inspection, a professional will check out the wiring and look to make sure that there are no potential problems that need to be fixed as soon as possible.

Fan replacement: The fan in your air conditioner is essential to its function. Without a working fan to blow the air into your home, the air conditioning unit will be cooling off only the air that is inside of it and not the air in the rest of your home. Because it's a moving part, the fan is often one of the first things to go out as an air conditioner starts getting older. You may not even notice problems initially beyond your home not being quite as cool as it should be. Having the fan motor or the whole fan replace can be a great way to prolong the life of the rest of your unit.

Coolant check: In order to function properly, every single air conditioner has some sort of coolant inside. Over time, some of this coolant may leak out through microscopic holes. This is a process that can sometimes take a few years but it still happens. Annual inspections for an air conditioning unit will always test for leaks and check the coolant levels. Instead of waiting until your air conditioner no longer works at all due to a lack of coolant, you can preemptively have this repaired and keep your unit running for a longer period of time.