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Skipping Maintenance: What’s the Worst That Can Happen?

We always talk about routine maintenance in the same way that we would say you always need to pay your taxes. It’s a vital part of your life if you’re an air conditioner owner, and it’s something that should never be forgotten. But in the real world, especially with the world the way it is today, people do forget things. That’s okay, we quickly want to say that we don’t shame anyone for missing their maintenance or their taxes, it absolutely happens!

Now, the most important thing to do in these kinds of situations is to be aware of the repercussions and to work to try and right the wrongs. We’re not tax experts so we can’t help you with that, but we can help you with your air conditioning. If you skipped AC maintenance in Pine Bluff, AR, you might be in an okay spot depending on how many years you’ve skipped it.

Skipping One Year of Maintenance

Look, it happens to the best of us. If you skipped a year of maintenance and you’re anxious about the effects, don’t worry. The worst thing that can really happen is a repair need surprising you or your warranty being voided (if you had one in the first place). Otherwise, you’ll only see a slight if noticeable decrease in performance and efficiency.

AC maintenance is more valuable the longer you go with it on a routine basis. Skipping one year isn’t a death knell to your system, but it’s not a good start either. Call our team to see if you can schedule an appointment soon so we can get things up to speed and survey any repairs that might be in your future.

Skipping Multiple Years of Maintenance

This is where things might get complicated. It’s estimated that your AC loses about 5% of its efficiency each year that it misses maintenance. This can compound, so depending on how many years of maintenance you’ve skipped, you might see different effects on your system.

We can’t say much about this time range, only that you should get your system maintained while it’s still within its valuable lifespan.

10 Years Without Maintenance

Frankly, it’s a miracle that your air conditioner has made it this long without a single maintenance visit. But, as we commend you for your ability to get it here, we need to take a step back and look at how hard it was to get here.

Without maintenance, you probably had a few surprise repair needs pop up when you least expected them. Perhaps you had to cancel your fun Fourth of July party because your AC broke down the night before. These are frustrating, and it might seem like you can’t really see them coming, but you can! Maintenance can help with scheduling repairs in the near future and actually stopping problems before they crop up.

But it’s important to look at the future more than ever. If your AC is ten years old and running without maintenance, it’s likely running inefficiently. We urge you to look at some of our replacement AC models so you can invest in a system that’s going to run without so much energy consumption.

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