In principle, your air conditioner works very hard to keep your home cool throughout the year. In reality, that will only happen if you keep that air conditioner in good working order. A poorly maintained unit will run at reduced efficiency, cause uncomfortable temperature changes and be more prone to future issues. To keep your air conditioner running well, you’ll need to maintain it.

Home AC Maintenance

The first step toward maximum AC efficiency is taking care of your unit at home. At the beginning of the cooling season, take a close look at your air conditioner and confirm that it’s still in good working order. Check the electrical connections for corrosion or rust, make sure window units are tilted back slightly, clear any obstructions away from the outdoor unit and confirm that the refrigerant gauge is still in the right place. Continue to check your air conditioner periodically to confirm that everything is still running well.

One of the most common causes of AC problems is a dirty air filter, and that’s an easy one to fix at home. If your air conditioner uses disposable filters, go to a factory authorized dealer to get replacements sized for your unit instead of generic models from a local hardware store. If you have a reusable filter, clean it thoroughly with water and allow it to dry naturally before putting it back in the air conditioner. Either way, you’ll need to change or clean the filter every one to three months, depending on the type of filter. Never let your air conditioner run while the filter is out.

Professional Preventive AC Maintenance

Home maintenance goes a long way, but to really maximize AC efficiency and effectiveness, you’ll need a scheduled service agreement. During each service visit, we’ll carefully check every component of your air conditioner to diagnose any small, emerging issues, and we’ll fix those problems before they can turn into big issues. The average air conditioner is built to last eight to 10 years, and by dealing with those problems as they emerge, we’ll help your system reach that maximum lifespan.

Preventive maintenance is about more than just future savings, though. We’ll also make small calibration adjustments that maximize energy efficiency and comfort, and you’ll see the difference on your next utility bill. In other words, preventive maintenance saves you money two ways. In the short term, you’ll save on energy costs, and in the long term, you’ll save on repairs and early replacements.

Our Service Team

At Merrell and Associates, we’ve been repairing and maintaining air conditioners and other HVAC systems throughout the Villa Rica, GA, area for over 60 years. Most of our technicians hold NATE certification, the industry’s most highly regarded credential, as proof that they’re qualified to service all makes and models of air conditioners. We’re constantly working to stay abreast of the latest techniques in our industry, and we’re absolutely committed to helping our friends and neighbors stay cool for years to come.