MARKHAM – Even if you’re thinking about selling your home, it’s still important to make sure your central air conditioner is running in tip-top shape.
You might be asking, why invest in air conditioner maintenance if I’m aiming to leave anyway? That’s a fair point, because you probably won’t be packing it up into the truck. However, you should consider that whoever moves into your home is going to be getting the air conditioner along with the package. If your unit has been neglected this could hurt the amount prospective buyers are willing to offer, and would be easily revealed in a home inspector’s report.
To be succinct, home buyers in a competitive market expect nagging repairs and upgrades to be completed before they move in. Why should the air conditioner be any different?
Natural Resources Canada’s publication Air Conditioning Your Home contains some pretty cool facts you might not have known before:
- The best time to have your air conditioner serviced (or service it yourself if you’re very handy and knowledgeable) is “just prior to the cooling season” – meaning the warm months of the summer when you’re using your air conditioner.
- Without proper maintenance of filters and coils, your air conditioner’s airflow will be reduced. This not only causes your system to be less efficient, but eventually could also cause expensive damage to the compressor.
If we lost you at “filters and coils,” it’s probably time to call in a professional. In fact, it’s recommended that every homeowner have a qualified technician service the air conditioner once every 12 months, around this time of year.
What sorts of maintenance will be performed when a service technician drops by? You can expect that they will:
- Check electrical components.
- Check the motor.
- Check the evaporator and the condenser coils.
- Measure the refrigerant level. If you are using an outdated refrigerant such as Freon, the technician will help switch you over to a more environmentally-friendly solution.
- Check, clean, and replace filters.
We talked to the experts at our property management division, Living Properties to ask who they call when they need residential air conditioning services done efficiently and professionally. They recommended two HVAC pros, who proudly service both residential and commercial properties throughout Greater Toronto:
- Pioneer Heating and Air Conditioning
- Rainbow HVAC
- Phone: (416) 543-6168
- Email: email@example.com
A healthy and well-serviced air conditioner can help you get through a home inspection with flying colours. Even if you’re not thinking of selling your home, performing these maintenance tasks each year can actually help save you money by allowing your system to run more efficiently!