March 28, 2022

The summer comes with a lot of heat and the humidity levels often reach as high as 80-90%. High levels of humidity usually make your home’s temperature feel hotter than it really is because the moisture in the air makes it hard for your body to cool down naturally. The presence of moisture in the air doesn’t only affect the room’s temperature, but also affects the electrical appliances in your home. 

You know that water and electrical equipment don’t get along so well, and therefore, you need to have your appliances maintained regularly to avoid functionality issues. Preventative maintenance involves scheduled inspection of your electrical equipment, tests, servicing, and repairs to help reduce the impact and frequency of equipment failure.  Here is everything you need to know about electrical equipment maintenance and why you need it. 

How Summer Humidity Damages your Electrical Equipment 

Humid air usually enters your electric equipment through different openings. The formation of moisture and droplets in different areas damages wires and other integral components. Humid air also causes rusting and corrosion of the metallic parts of your electrical appliances. Additionally, water droplets could also lead to short circuits when they come into contact with live wires within the device. As a result of these negative effects, your electrical equipment will stop functioning properly or even breakdown completely if they are not regularly maintained.  

Benefits of Preventative Maintenance 

Your home or business are big investments that you have made in your life.  Preventative maintenance plans ensure that your systems will continue working optimally and avoid breakdowns that could cost you time, comfort, and money. Besides keeping your equipment functioning at the top level, regularly maintaining your appliances, such as air conditioning systems, gives you air quality. Here are some of the benefits of preventative maintenance: 

  • Prevents costly and unnecessary emergency repairs 
  • Diagnoses electrical problems early and solves them 
  • Keeps your equipment under warranty 
  • Extends your equipment lifespan, and gives you an improved return on investment (ROI)
  • Keeps your home comfortable in all seasons 
  • Improves your home’s air quality 
  • Increase your AC efficiency 
  • Improved safety for your home 
  • Lowers the long-term cost of equipment operation 
  • Prevents mold growth from high humidity 

Maintain Your A/C System 

The air conditioning (AC) system removes moisture from the air and makes you feel more comfortable there. However, if the AC system is not functioning properly, or breaks down as a result of the humidity, you will be in much more trouble than you could ever anticipate. To avoid getting your AC system dysfunctional when you need it most, preventative maintenance schedules are important.

During the AC maintenance, professionals will run your system through different point checks to ensure that the system is working optimally. In the case they notice any issues with your system, repairs will be done to guarantee uninterrupted service during the summer.

Even if you don’t use your air conditioning system that much, it is recommended to have it checked bi-annually. A professional technician will check important parts of your AC system, such as refrigerant levels, inspect the condensate drain for any leaks, and much more. They will also inspect other controls and the thermostat. It is wise to fix small problems before they become giants that will end up costing you a leg. 

At Astley Electrical, we carry out diagnostic checks of your entire system. We conduct a detailed inspection of every part of your system to make sure it’s ready for use, from testing the AC system, emissions and safety controls to cleaning the evaporator drain and repairing the damaged parts. Contact us to learn more and get started with your preventative maintenance today.