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Why Perform Routine Maintenance?

The purpose of preventive maintenance is to keep your air conditioning and heating system running at top efficiency. Typically, air conditioning and heating systems are tucked away in a garage, on the roof or the side of a house. they’re out of sight so it’s easy for us to forget and neglect them. Imagine if you did that with your car. What would happen if you never took your car in for a tune-up, oil change or routine maintenance and instead, waited until the check engine or some other warning light came on? You probably wouldn’t expect the car to last very long. The same applies to air conditioning and heating systems. Regardless of model and cost, it is a complicated piece of mechanical equipment. All such equipment is subject to repairs every so often. You can reduce the need for repairs occurring by regularly maintaining your system

Let’s explore how routine maintenance can save you money and reduce your costs.

Lower Energy Costs

Saving money is the key reason you should maintain your air conditioning and heating system. It’s easy to think that because your system is cooling or heating your home without any noticeable problems that everything is fine. A system that is neglected slowly loses its ability to cool and heat your home at an efficient level over time. Just as a car gets better gas mileage after a tune-up, your air conditioning and heating system uses less energy after receiving professional maintenance.

Fewer Repairs

Most air conditioning and heating systems, from time to time, require repairs. While it is not possible to eliminate repairs completely, it is possible to reduce the need for them and reduce the accompanying costs. The better your air conditioning and heating system is maintained, the fewer repairs it will need. During a routine maintenance visit, the trained technician will examine your unit for normal and minor issues. Promptly resolving these issues can eliminate the possibility of a major and expensive problems later on.

Here, at Desert Tech Air Conditioning & Heating, we perform the following during a routine maintenance visit:

Pre-Summer Maintenance

For each air conditioning and heating maintenance pre-summer service visit, Desert Tech Air Conditioning & Heating will perform the following:

  • Clean the outdoor condensing unit coil – Increases efficiency, increases reliability and extends system life
  • Change the filter – Our professional-grade air filters improve the air quality and reduces the amount of work for the unit
  • Monitor the amperage draw on the compressor – Ensures the unit is not working too hard
  • Oil the fan motors and other moving parts – Avoids damage caused by friction
  • Monitor the system operating pressure – Avoids compressor overheating and failure
  • Check system thermostat for accuracy – This ensures that the thermostat is operating correctly
  • Adjust coolant level – Improves system performance and ensures unit runs smoothly
  • Inspect for refrigerant leaks – Avoid losing coolant
  • Blow out dust and sand from outdoor controls – Removes a common cause of equipment failure that is unique to the desert – We know of no other company that goes the extra mile for this vital step
  • Blow out condensation lines – Prevents buildup of contaminants that cause condensation leaks and costly damage to your home
  • Inspect unit for the presence of mold – Prevents eruption into a major mold problem and spreading mold spores into the air you breathe
  • Record system readings and performance data – Just like your doctor would, we monitor your history from one maintenance to the next for signs of changes in unit operation

Pre-Winter Maintenance

For each air conditioning and heating maintenance pre-winter service visit, Desert Tech Air Conditioning & Heating will perform the following:

  • Change the filter – Our professional-grade air filters improve the air quality and reduces the amount of work for the unit
  • Monitor the amperage draw of the blower motor – Ensures the unit is not working too hard
  • Oil the fan motors and other moving parts – Avoids damage caused by friction
  • Check system thermostat for accuracy – This ensures that the thermostat is operating correctly
  • Monitor combustion – Ensures the unit fires correctly, doesn’t consume too much gas, and reduces soot build-up
  • Blow out dust and sand from indoor controls – Removes a common cause of equipment failure that is unique to the desert – We know of no other company that goes the extra mile for this vital step
  • Inspect unit for the presence of mold – Prevents eruption into a major mold problem and spreading mold spores into the air you breath
  • Record system readings and performance data – Just like your doctor would, we monitor your history from one maintenance to the next for signs of changes in unit operation

Improved Air Quality

A well-maintained air conditioning and heating system not only helps keep your system running efficiently but also will prevent problems with air quality. Clean filters mean breathing better air. A neglected system is a breeding ground for dirt, mold, and bacteria, all of which can contribute to or worsen respiratory problems. Generally speaking, routine maintenance helps ensure that the cold or warm air pumping through your vents is as clean and well-filtered as possible.

Extend Equipment Life

Just as with cars, if you take good care of your air conditioning and heating system, it will last longer. Problems caught early during routine maintenance can avoid a catastrophic breakdown down the line. A malfunctioning part can cause a domino effect that causes the entire system to fail. Regular maintenance prevents this from happening and adds years to your unit.

Preserve Your Warranty

Depending on when you bought your air conditioning and heating system, it may still be under warranty. In some cases, the warranty on a cooling or heating system can be voided if you neglect seasonal maintenance. This means you will not only have a more frequent need for repairs, but those repairs will be more expensive.

Benefits of Having a Maintenance Contract

Reduced Maintenance Visit Costs

When you have a contract for regular preventative maintenance, the cost for your routine seasonal maintenance is typically lower than if you were to schedule them as pay-by-service visits.

One Less Thing to Remember

Staying on top of the multitude of tasks around a house can be challenging. This applies to year-round residents, and particularly to those with seasonal home or short-term rental property here in the desert. With a maintenance contract, Desert Tech will take one more item off your list by allowing us to handle your air conditioning and heating preventative maintenance needs. We’ll perform a regular maintenance checkup at the beginning of each season and follow up with a reminder to schedule your next maintenance call. Desert Tech stays on top of your routine maintenance, so you don’t have to.

Explore the Benefits of an Air Conditioning and Heating System Maintenance Contract

If you have any questions about putting a schedule for routine maintenance of your air conditioning or heating system, call us, we’re here to help. We’d love to explain to you how regular maintenance can benefit your system and wallet, and the maintenance options Desert Tech has to offer.

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Desert Tech Response to COVID-19, the Coronavirus

In response to significant concerns among our customers about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Coachella Valley, we want to let our customers know about the precautions Desert Tech is taking and the services we are offering during these times:

  1. Desert Tech is offering add-on air sanitation and anti-viral cleaning and filtering equipment/products for your air conditioning and heating systems. This equipment uses filters and UV light to filter out and kill viruses, bacteria, spores, mold, and other airborne pathogens and on surfaces. We have secured a variety of this type of add-on purifiers. Please be aware that, as with many items at this time, quantities are limited and are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  2. The health of our customers and our employees is our top priority and so we have taken the following steps:
    • If our employees are not feeling well, we are requiring them to stay home and seek medical attention consistent with CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.
    • In 90% of service calls, our technicians need not enter your home. You need only allow them access to your garage, yard space, or rooftop to carry out their tasks.
    • Our technicians are following strict sanitization procedures and will wear N95 rated face masks, face shields, and gloves.
  3. As part of servicing your equipment, Desert Tech has secured a limited supply of N95 face masks that we will made available to existing Desert Tech customers at a nominal fee. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you have any questions about our safety and sanitation policies, would like to add whole-home air filtering and sanitation product to your existing air conditioning and heating system, or would like to find out about acquiring an N95 face mask, please call us at (760) 327-2501.