Don’t wait for hot weather to service AC

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Have your air conditioning system checked.

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that brought your business through one of the harshest winters on record also will be required to operate reliably during the upcoming summer cooling season.

Consider calling your service firm to arrange service and inspection of your HVAC equipment before the summer heat arrives.

In my days as a boiler inspector, owners of older boilers would frequently ask: “So, how much longer do you think [the boiler] has to live?” To which I would respond: “I cannot tell you what day it is going to fail; but I can tell you what kind of day it is going to be. It is going to be the coldest day of the year; and the boiler service guy is going to be buried with work.”

The same is true for air conditioning. Remember that:

  1. HVAC equipment  ̶  any equipment, for that matter  ̶  will fail.
  2. Failures are most likely to occur during times of high stress when equipment is most needed.
  3. Equipment life is best measured in hours of operation, not years of service.
  4. Repair/service is least available and most expensive during heat waves and cold snaps, when equipment failures peak and demand for repairs and services exceeds the available labor; after all, everybody’s equipment seems to fail at the same time

Before the cooling season starts, ask your HVAC provider to:

  • Inspect all electrical connections, heat exchangers and drains
  • Check refrigerant levels and make sure there are no leaks
  • Lubricate moving parts
  • Inspect and test thermostats and controls, watching for overheating
  • Check for good air flow

Oh, and check the filters. Clogged filters restrict air circulation in your environmental system, reducing efficiency and costing you more in energy expenses. Replacing a dirty filter is like putting money in the bank.


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5 Responses to “Don’t wait for hot weather to service AC”

  1. Robert

    Not to mention that you’re going to have a long, long wait to see an AC repairman in the middle of summer. They’re usually very busy and you’ll have to wait a week or two for someone to come out and fix your unit. That might not seem like a long time, but if you live in a place like I do in Northern California where it routinely goes over 100 degrees in the summer, two weeks can be an eternity. Get your HVAC system checked early and you won’t have to sweat it out come summer.

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  2. James

    Servicing air conditioner in a regular basis is a must.Thanks for sharing this information.

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  3. Michele

    Hi.. Annual maintenance of your air conditioning unit is very much essential to keep your system working properly and efficiently. So, thanks for sharing this useful tips for AC maintenance. Really a great help.

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  5. Rupert Silva

    I do agree that HVACs tend to possibly fail whenever they are very much needed at that time. This is why it’s very important that an air-conditioner follow a regular maintenance no matter how new or old it is. Clogged filters seem to be one of the major causes why air-conditioners fail. Thanks for the reminder.

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