Air conditioner servicing good for health and wallet

RACV trades person fixing an air conditioner

Alice Piper

Posted February 10, 2022

A particularly hot and humid Victorian summer means you’ve probably relied on your air conditioner more. Here’s why an air conditioner service makes sense for your health and wallet.

Storms, hail and flashing flooding have been some of the hallmarks of a dramatic, La Nina-impacted Victorian summer. However, one weather trend has stood out for giving Melburnians a feeling reminiscent of holidays in Far North Queensland and Darwin, and that’s increased humidity.

A prolonged spell of hot and humid weather, combined with the return of working from home, probably means you’ve been using your air conditioner more often than in past summers.

Unsurprisingly then, air conditioning problems and breakdowns have increased since the start of summer 2021-22. The latest Emergency Home Assist data reveals that emergency plumbing and electrical cooling jobs spiked 78% in December 2021 compared to the same month in 2020.

Though you might think your air conditioner unit can work tirelessly year after year, there are compelling reasons – both health and financial - to get your air conditioner serviced regularly by a qualified professional before, during or after summer.

Why you should service your air conditioner regularly

Reduce bacteria and improve air quality

When your air conditioner filters get clogged over years of use, the cool air it pumps out can be full of dust, mould and bacteria.

A regular service of your air conditioner unit will result in cleaner air filters and improved air quality - benefitting all household members, but particularly those suffering from persistent allergies such as hay fever, and conditions such as asthma.

Even summer sniffles, colds and sore throats developed in the home can be reduced through cleaner air quality from your air conditioner.

If you do have an old air conditioner unit, a qualified professional may even advise you to purchase a new unit. Modern air conditioner units are typically equipped with an internal filtration system that can help reduce bacteria particles in the air recirculation process.

Reduce running costs and electricity bills

Cooling the home is likely to be one of the biggest contributors to your electricity bills. Depending on the size of your home, the cost of running an air conditioner can range from a few cents per hour for a small unit in a small space, to a few dollars per hour for a larger home – which can very quickly add up over a hot and humid summer.

These running costs are likely to increase if your air conditioner is working less efficiently. An air conditioner service by a qualified professional can ensure that your air conditioner unit is running as efficiently as possible and help you save money on your electricity bills. 

woman changing air conditioner temperature

An air conditioning service can help save you money on your electricity bills. Image: Getty.

Increase the lifespan of your air conditioning unit

The lifespan of your air conditioning unit doesn’t just depend on how frequently you use it, or how cool you choose to keep your home. Factors outside of your control, such as damage from hail storms, dust storms and other weather events, can affect the performance and longevity of your air conditioning unit.

Although the typical air conditioning unit can last more than a decade, regular servicing can extend its lifespan even longer.

While bad smells, limited air flow, warmer than usual air or a high electricity bill are all tell-tale signs to immediately service your air conditioning unit, expensive breakdowns can occur without warning – underlining the importance of regular and preventative servicing.

On the flip side, without regular servicing, your air conditioner may last fewer than ten years - meaning you may be faced with spending thousands of dollars for a new air conditioning unit.

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