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How Does AC Maintenance Help With Repairs?

Even if you own a top-of-the-line air conditioner, your system is not safe from repair needs. Air conditioners work hard over the summer, which means it may become damaged over time. But if your air conditioner breaks down suddenly, you may be without air conditioning when you need it the most. Air conditioning maintenance is a service that can help decrease your cooling costs and prevent sudden problems from occurring.

Let’s take a look at some of the steps of this important service and how it may help prevent repairs in the future.


During maintenance, a technician cleans various parts of your system including the indoor and outdoor coils. This is partly because dirty parts can decrease the efficiency of your air conditioner, but they can also cause damage to your system that may lead to the need for repairs. If dirt or debris infiltrates a motor, for example, it may overheat and break down. The cost of a maintenance visit may be offset by the money you’ll save on such repairs.


A technician will also make minor adjustments or repairs that may be completed quickly at no extra cost, including bent condenser fins or loose parts. Minor problems may end up damaging large components of your air conditioner. A loose fan blade, for example, may inhibit airflow to the evaporator. Low airflow can cause the evaporator coil to freeze.


At the end of the maintenance visit, the technician will inform you of any problems found in your system during inspection so that you can schedule repairs. It’s important to catch issues early on, because a failing part may affect other components of your system, leading to a whole-system breakdown. If the technician notices a problem early on, you can reduce wear and tear to your system by scheduling an appointment right away.

The end of the cooling season is near, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to protect your air conditioner from breakdowns for the rest of the summer. Call the experts at S&L Mechanical for repairs or maintenance for your air conditioner in Seattle.

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