As Central Pennsylvania’s trusted home comfort experts, the technicians at HB McClure know a great deal about the care of heating and cooling systems. As the summer approaches, it is time to think about your air conditioner. Your unit has been sitting dormant through the winter cold, but the hot, humid weather will hit Harrisburg and Hershey soon. With years of experience on hundreds of systems, the technicians at HB McClure can testify to the important benefits of a spring tune-up for your cooling equipment.
1. Higher Efficiency
Your air conditioner is an amazing piece of technology. With each generation, cooling equipment becomes more powerful and can do more with less. When your equipment is newly installed, it operates at peak performance. Over time, the normal vibration of operation coupled with seasonal changes in temperature will take away some of that power. When refrigerant levels drop, your machine must work harder to cool your home. Dust and dirt accumulate on the outdoor equipment creating another impediment to smooth operation. When the technicians at HB McClure handle your spring tune-up, they will fix the small issues that impact performance. You will have an air conditioner that is ready to function at its best.
2. Smaller Carbon Footprint
When your machine is operating at high efficiency, it is better for the environment. It is not unusual for the power grid to struggle to meet demands during a heatwave. A whole-house air conditioner can use up a great deal of electricity on hot days. Not only does this mean a higher utility bill, but it also means that power plants are burning fossil fuels to keep your home cool. They will release even higher levels of carbon emissions into the air. Tuning up your HVAC equipment is a small thing you can do to help the planet. If everyone kept their heating and cooling system in peak operating condition, it would have a big impact on energy use. We estimate that our Gold Shield Comfort Agreement participants can reduce their heating and cooling energy use by up to 20%.
3. Longer System Life
All too often, our technicians run into cooling systems that need to be replaced before their time. Most systems are designed to last at least 10 years. Without proper maintenance, the equipment can fail long before that. If it consistently has to work too hard, it may reach a point where there is nothing left to do but replace it.
On the other hand, a well-maintained system can give you several extra seasons of uninterrupted comfort. The small investment of a maintenance plan makes good fiscal sense. New equipment is a serious investment. By spreading the expense of your air conditioner over a few more seasons, you lower the overall cost of operation.
4. Avoid Emergency Repairs
A broken air conditioner can spoil a perfect holiday weekend. As much as your guests might enjoy hanging out around the grill, they also need a place they can go to escape the heat. Without regular attention, your cooling system can give you unexpected problems that will leave you with a hot, uncomfortable house.
With all their experience in the HVAC field, our technicians can recognize the signs of an impending problem. They know which parts are most likely to succumb to wear and tear. They will check all of the electrical connections. They will also make certain that condensation is draining properly from the system. With the HB McClure Gold Shield Comfort Agreement, any repairs we do during your annual tune-up will come with a 10% discount on parts and labor. You can have confidence in your system at a reduced price.
5. Improved Indoor Air Quality
Air conditioners produce water as they cool your home. This is great on humid days because the process removes moisture from the cool air blowing into your house. You may not notice this benefit until you step outside and are hit with a wall of humidity. However, the collection of moisture that drips off the condenser coils can lead to a chronic problem. Wherever water collects, mold and mildew are not far behind.
When the system is draining properly, mold build-up is not an issue. A drainage system that is clogged by dust and dirt can be a breeding ground for microorganisms. As the unit blows cold air into your home, it will blow mold spores as well. These spores settle in your ductwork. You may notice a mildew smell when your system runs. For sensitive people, these spores can cause an allergic reaction.
When our technicians examine your system, they clean out any accumulated dust and dirt that could clog the drain. This simple step will make certain that water flows in the right direction and will keep your system free from mold.
6. A Safer System
As with any piece of technology, there are a number of things that can go wrong with your air conditioner. Every electronic component has the potential to fail. Seasonal changes can loosen electrical connections over time. A broken connection can lead to failure. A loose connection can result in sparking. Our technicians will make certain that the electrical systems of your air conditioner are ready for action.
As the unit pumps cool air into your home, it blows warm air out of the building. If the unit is blocked in any way, this can create a hazardous situation. Parts that are poorly lubricated increase friction that also increases heat in the unit. To prevent damage to your air conditioner and your property, a spring tune-up is an important precaution. Not only will the technicians make certain that everything is running properly, but they will also make certain that the unit and its surroundings are safe.
7. Long-Term Savings
The cost of running a cooling system that does not receive regular maintenance will increase every season. At a practical level, one of the biggest benefits of an annual tune-up is the savings over time. High-efficiency operation means a lower electricity bill. You will quickly discover that the savings in operation costs outweigh the expense of a maintenance plan.
Because the unit will last longer, you will see increased savings over time. In addition, we like to treat our maintenance plan customers right. Eventually, every system will need to be replaced. With our Gold Shield Comfort Agreement, you will receive a discount on your new system and replacement costs. HB McClure offers you value throughout the life of your cooling system.
Your Home Comfort team
HB McClure is the company that Central Pennsylvania trusts for all its residential and commercial comfort system needs. Whether it is repair, maintenance, or installation, we can handle your heating and cooling equipment. We are also the team to call to help with your home plumbing, indoor air quality, fuel oil, and propane needs. Let the pros at HB McClure in Harrisburg, PA, keep you comfortable throughout the year. Contact us today.