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How Often Should You Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced?

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If you’re asking yourself when was the last time you had your air conditioner serviced, it’s probably time to schedule one! 

On those hot California days, you want to make sure your AC unit is working to the best of its ability.

Whether you have central or ductless air conditioning, it is important to make sure little issues don’t turn into bigger, more expensive problems in the future.

What Are The Signs It’s Time For a Tune-Up?

We want to make sure your air conditioning is running efficiently. If it’s not, it could be raising your electricity bill.

Things you should take note of are:

Proper maintenance by a highly-trained specialist will ensure every part is thoroughly cleaned and inspected. 

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When Should I Schedule a Service?

You should aim to schedule an air conditioner service once a year. 

Spring to early summer is usually the best time for air conditioner maintenance. The technician will be able to catch and fix any problems before the hottest months of the year.

If you wait too long, you could be sweating while you wait for any issues to be fixed or for parts to be ordered.

During the service, you can expect our specialists to clean, remove debris, and check each part of your air conditioner inside and out to detect any possible issues. If we find anything, we will let you know as soon as possible the cost of the repair.

Should I Repair or Replace My AC Unit?

If a technician found something needing to be fixed during your regular maintenance, you may be asking: does my air conditioner need to be repaired or replaced? There are 2 follow-up questions you’ll want to ask yourself.

The first question is: how old is my air conditioner? Well-maintained units typically have a lifespan of 10-15 years. If your air conditioner is older it might be more cost-effective to have a new AC unit installed

The second question is: how much will the repairs cost? A general rule to follow is if the repairs cost more than a new air conditioning system, it might be best to replace it. 

Scheduling regular maintenance checks will help avoid the need for replacing your air conditioner too soon. A detailed service will catch any issues that need fixing.

Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

Along with regularly scheduled maintenance, there are other things you can do to extend the life of your air conditioner.

Filter Replacement

Changing your air filters around every 3 months can help your system run more efficiently and improve the indoor air quality of your home.

A clean air filter is a good way to ensure your unit isn’t overworking itself to try and fight through the dust build-up. 

Learn more about the different types of filters here

Regular Cleaning

In between each air conditioner service you can check your AC coils and compressor to see if they need a cleaning.

The coils are an essential part of air conditioning your home as they remove heat from the AC system to the outside air. Cleaning the coils can usually be done with a garden hose and a few products you can find at your local hardware store. 

Checking to see if the compressor is free of leaves and debris both inside and out will allow for proper airflow and efficiency. 

You can find a step-by-step tutorial here

Service Your Air Conditioner To Last Longer

It’s our job to keep you cool!

Our team of highly-trained specialists can be trusted to keep your home or business comfortable and cool. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your air conditioner or want to schedule a service, don’t hesitate to contact us at Lee’s Air, Plumbing, & Heating. 

Written by Thomas Howard

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