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How to Prevent an Air Conditioner Emergency

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It’s hard to imagine something that’s worse than the HVAC system in your home or business going down on a 95-degree day in August. There are two issues involved in order to avoid this tragedy: properly maintaining your system so that it lasts as long as possible and then getting a new unit before an air conditioner emergency arrives. Follow these tips to keep the unit you have in top shape and to know when to replace your HVAC system so that you can avoid an air conditioner emergency.

Homeowner maintenance. Your HVAC system is no different from your car when it comes to maintenance. Both will operate more efficiently and live a longer life with regular maintenance. Although you’re not an air-conditioning technician, every homeowner can check the air filter on a regular basis and make sure they are changed or cleaned when necessary. Experts say dirty filters can clog up the system and are one of the most common causes for air conditioner emergencies. 

Expert maintenance. Whether you have a maintenance plan with your HVAC system, or a home warranty allows for yearly inspections, it’s vital to have an expert examine your system at least once a year. That way, the beginnings of small leaks or other problems can be caught before your unit dies in the middle of the hottest summer on record. There are a number of moving parts that are crucial to the operation of your HVAC system that your contractor will examine. This includes the thermostat and all electrical connections. Of course, the contractor will carefully examine the condenser coil and clean it if necessary and also make sure all moving parts remain properly lubricated.

When to replace. The age of your system is one indication, according to experts. If your HVAC unit is at least 10 years old, you’re reaching the area where many systems die. However, there are other telling pieces of evidence to consider as well. Has your utility bill begun to increase in recent months? That’s a clear indication the HVAC system is becoming noticeably less efficient. Once that trend starts, experts say the costs will only continue to increase. Have you had a few repairs lately for the first time in a while? These are all symptoms of a patient that could be terminally ill. Replacing your system now offers a smooth – and comfortable – transition to a new and more efficient HVAC unit.

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