In Phoenix, AZ, temperatures in the 90s are common well into October. This means that your air conditioner gets more use, and greater wear and tear, than units in many other parts of the country. Nevertheless, when the temperatures do start to become cooler, it is time to begin preparing your central air conditioner for the next season. This will mostly include easy maintenance that you can do yourself, but you may need for a call a professional air conditioner service. Regardless, regular maintenance will help decrease the chances of your AC breaking down, will help lower your energy costs, and ensure you get the maximum life out of your unit.
- Professional Inspection and Tune-up – You only need an air conditioner maintenance inspection once a year. That said, if you did not have an inspection and tune-up early in the spring, now is the time to get that done. This will help identify issues before they become a larger problem or causes a breakdown.
- Change Your Filters – At a minimum, you should change your filters every 3 months, even if you are not using the unit. You will need to do this more often if you have pets. Dirty and clogged filters can reduce your air conditioner’s efficiency.
- Clear Dirt and Debris – It is very important to keep your outside unit clean and clear of dirt and debris. Make sure you trim back any trees, shrubs, or an overgrown lawn. This helps prevent anything from falling into the unit and causing damage, but will also help improve airflow.
Finally, the last thing to do is consider if it is time to replace your old air conditioner with a new installation. If you take care of your AC, it can last a very long time. Regardless, at about 12 years is when you would start weighing repair costs and diminished efficiency to the value of a new air conditioner.
JR Perkins is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley, located in Scottsdale AZ. To learn more please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.