Yes, air conditioning systems tend to break down on the hottest days. No, A/C does not have a nasty sense of humor, though it seems that way as you bake in the year’s worst heat and humidity while repair technicians squeeze you into packed schedules. Often, A/C systems break down because they haven’t been maintained properly. As neglected equipment struggles in harsh conditions, it can overheat, blow a fuse or simply quit. Think of it this way: taxing an out-of-shape A/C in a heat wave is like exercising in a sweater. That’s simply unhealthy for you or your A/C.
Several critical A/C parts require regular maintenance to ensure reliability, optimum performance and cost savings on electricity, not to mention cool rooms:
Before your A/C crashes as the thermometer screams past the century mark this summer, schedule a tune-up. This comprehensive 60 to 90-minute visit more than pays for itself in savings on electricity and long-term system health. A tune-up cleans condenser coils, evaluates coolant levels, calibrates thermostats, inspects ductwork, changes air filters, checks electrical connections and examines the blower and motor. Along with testing the system fully at the conclusion of the tune-up, technicians also answer questions and provide tips for better operation.
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