I never used to be conscientious about having my air conditioner serviced in the spring.
Since the cooling system was still fairly new, I saw no reason to pay for professional upkeep.
However, all of that changed when I got stuck paying for an expensive repair. My cooling system quit in the middle of July. Leading up to the malfunction, I’d noticed that there was less air coming from the vents. The air conditioner was running for longer cycles, having difficulties meeting the thermostat setting and costing me a fortune in electric bills. Plus, every time it started up, my kids would start sneezing. I was have trouble sleeping at night and my husband kept complaining about headaches. The air conditioner failed when the outside temperature was consistently in the nineties with high humidity. I scheduled a repair and dreaded the cost. The technician took the air conditioner apart and showed me the inner components. There was a significant amount of mold, mildew and algae thriving inside. There was a thick layer of dust and other contaminants on the fan blades. The technician told me that every time the air conditioner ran, it was spreading harmful allergens throughout the house. My family was breathing them in and at risk of health problems. Fortunately, a thorough cleaning and adjustment restored the air conditioner to peak capacity and efficiency. The service significantly improved the comfort, cleanliness and smell of the house. Since then, I’ve been diligent about scheduling maintenance for the cooling system every fall. Because of taking proactive measures, I’ve had no more problems with the system.