Air conditioning units frequently break down when the weather is the hottest, requiring expensive repairs and costly emergency calls.
Our partners at the consumer guide Angie’s List say the majority of their emergency repair calls can be traced back to poor maintenance. Each year your air conditioner goes without maintenance, it will lose about 5 percent of its overall efficiency.
Finding potential problems before they arise will keep you from having an unexpected failure in the middle of a heat wave, will save you emergency repair bills and will help avoid costly repairs down the road.
Signs that your A/C is due for service:
· Is your AC unit not cooling your house as effectively as it should?
· Has the humidity in your home increased?
· However, not all problems are immediately recognizable, reinforcing the importance of having an annual inspection.
Items checked during a tune-up may include:
· Safety controls are inspected.
· Refrigerant levels to ensure there are no Freon leaks.
· Compressor and electrical components are cleaned and checked for proper operation and life expectancy.
· Filters checked and changed, if necessary.
· Outdoor coil is cleaned.
· Check temperature and proper air flow.
· Calibrate thermostats.
Angie ’s List lists ways homeowners can save and still beat the heat:
Angie’s List tips for hiring a HVAC company:
· Check that they are properly licensed and insured.
· Some companies hire maintenance technicians to do their tune-ups as an entry level position. Make sure they have certification that shows they have met the minimum standards for knowledge of their trade.
· A typical service call should range between $70 and $100. Be wary of companies that offer significantly lower prices. Emergency or weekend repair calls often carry extra fees of $50-$150 above the time and materials needed for repair.
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