Spring and Summers in Utah can get hot, quickly, with little warning. To be sure you can keep your home or office refreshingly cool, it is important to maintain your air conditioning unit prior to sustained hot weather. Ideally, a regularly scheduled maintenance program for both your heat and air systems helps to keep both running optimally, all year round.
The best time to service your air conditioning unit is in the offseason. This allows time for any needed maintenance or repairs to be addressed before you need the unit, preventing any uncomfortably hot days due to unexpected problems. This is also the easiest time to schedule; hot weather often spikes emergency service calls that can make appointments difficult to come by. In Utah, service should ideally be performed by the end of March, to be ready for the first hot spring days.
If you haven’t had your unit serviced regularly, scheduling now can save you a lot of money and discomfort down the road.
There are a few key steps you can take to help service technicians save time, and save you money! Before spring and summer heat waves begin, walk around your air conditioner and check for any debris – such as twigs, branches, and garbage- or any other blockages to the unit. Check and clear the screens, and open and clean the grills. If you find the regular Utah winds to consistently clog your unit with debris, consider installing a windbreak. When considering a windbreak, we suggest maintaining 3 feet of clearance all the way around your unit, being sure to leave sufficient room for safe and easy access.
The most important way you can protect your air conditioning unit is to regularly change your furnace filter. Don’t be fooled by filters that claim to last a few months. The filter efficiency ratings are for the filter itself, and do not directly translate to longer life of your A/C unit. Low-cost filters can save you money, but often allow more particles and debris to flow through. Costlier, high-efficiency filters are better at blocking debris and keeping your unit clean. That is ideal, but it is important to understand it also means high-efficiency filters clog quickly and still require regular replacement. Changing them monthly can save you hundreds of dollars down the road!
To maximize the efficiency and lifetime of your air conditioning unit, it is very important to have it maintained regularly by a licensed professional. Air conditioning units run very high electrical voltage and contain toxic chemicals. Improper maintenance or usage of these units can be costly, and dangerous! The better you are at performing basic maintenance, and scheduling regularly with certified professionals, the more cool and comfortable you’ll be for years to come!
If you haven’t had your Air Conditioning unit maintained yet for the season, don’t delay. Contact our Orem office today to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians. Let us help you protect your investment in comfort, year-round!