Many people will soon switch their air conditioners on again, as the temperatures are set to rise. However, before you turn yours on, make sure you have done a few things first. Firstly, make sure you have a clean filter in place. This is simple maintenance that will keep it running properly. Also check what type of air conditioner you have, as some need their filter changing monthly if they are in use. Usually, once every 3 months is the bare minimum.
A second thing is to get a tune up done. Make sure you hire a qualified contractor for this. This will stop most problems from occurring later on. This way, any small problems will immediately be resolved, rather than letting them escalate into massive issues further down the line. During a tune up, the refrigerant pressure will be checked, the coils will be clean and all electrical components will be tested. When your unit is tuned up, it will run more efficiently, meaning it will cost you less money to operate as well. Do also remember that it doesn’t cost much to tune up an air conditioning unit, but it is very expensive to repair one if it breaks down.
You have to make sure that the company that does your tune up is highly reputable. Hence, take you time to research the options that are out there, particularly if you have never arranged a tune up before. A few places to look include your state’s registrar of contractors, the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and online reviews. You should always look for the business that gives you the best value for money, which isn’t necessarily the cheapest. Once you have completed the tuning, you should switch your air conditioning unit on and not switch it off again. Many people don’t realize that they don’t actually save any money by switching their unit off when they are out. Once you switch off the air conditioning, your house will start to warm up and it will take a great deal of energy for your unit to cool it back down. Naturally, this means increased energy bills, but it also means that your air conditioning unit is far more likely to break down. You do have to take into consideration the enormous cost of air conditioning repairs as well. Check that your unit comes with a thermostat, so that it is able to keep the temperature stable at all times. The thermostat should also be checked when your tune up is done. Overall, doing a tune up will certainly save you a lot of money come summer.