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The Importance of Maintenance and Cleaning

“Don’t fix it unless it’s broke!”

These are words of wisdom only if you enjoy spending your summer evenings in 100-degree heat!

For those who relish a cool, comfortable home all year round, we recommend preventative maintenance for your air conditioner and heater on a regular basis. Regular maintenance will help prevent untimely and expensive repairs on your system that could have been avoided if it were properly maintained.

Some of the possible problems you might experience without maintenance include:

- System flooding caused by a clogged drain

- Compressor failure due to dirty condenser or evaporator coils

- Motor failure due to start component malfunction

- High energy bills from improperly or dirty system components

- Electrical shorts from poor connections or wiring issues

This is just to name a few. Not to mention, time lost at work or uncomfortable nights due to failures with your AC system.

The good news is that there are some things that you can do to prevent these deficiencies:

  • Change your filter on a regular basis
  • Add vinegar to your ac drain line to help prevent clogs
  • Turn your ac off when you mow your lawn to help keep grass clippings and dirt from getting sucked into your condenser coils
  • Keep bushes trimmed from around your outside unit to help it get good airflow
  • Get you system checked at least 2 times yearly to ensure safe and efficient operation

FAQ

-What if I haven’t maintained my system in years, should I be worried?

There is no time like the present to start! The best thing to do is schedule a maintenance visit ASAP, but it’s always a good sign if your system is cooling correctly and keeping you comfortable still.

-How often should I change my filters?

1-inch filters should always be changed every 30 days.

4-5-inch pleated filters should be changed every 3-6 months depending on usage.

-Will maintenance lower my energy costs?

YES! Keeping the system clean will increase efficiency and lower the amount of time your system will need to run and cool your home.

-How often should I clean my air vents?

Usually, you shouldn’t have to clean your duct system as long as your filters are changed regularly, and the duct system is sealed properly. In some cases, you might need to get it cleaned, but be sure to have a qualified HVAC contractor check it first.

-I’ve had a bad experience with AC companies in the past, how do I know what’s being done to the system?

You should always receive a detailed report with your system’s status after each visit. It’s always helpful to ask for pictures of the system’s condition as well.

When it comes to your HVAC system it’s always better to be proactive than reactive, and our team can help set your system up for success without the hassle. To learn more about our services, give our technicians a call today at (210) 880-0885.

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