It’s Getting Hot! Is Your Air Conditioner Up To The Job?

It's hot, it's cold! Virginia’s spring weather can be fickle! But we're getting our first real taste of summer this weekend and the Commonwealth's notoriously hot, humid weather. You know those temperatures that work our air conditioners on overtime. They can also turn into expensive problems for Virginians and their air conditioners.

 

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We see damage from poorly maintained A/C systems every summer. Did you know you can easily avoid costly damage for about $85 annually by servicing your air conditioning unit? That’s a whole lot better than our average damage claim for $1,500 from an air conditioner that missed it's maintenance. Here's why:

1. A professional will make sure your system is running at optimal efficiency and catch small problems before they become big ones. 

 

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2. Putting off an imminent repair is likely to come back to haunt you in the heat of the summer. 

That’s when sizzling temperatures are peaking, your system is straining to keep up, and you're competing with everyone desperate for service. Even worse- you’re away from home when something breaks. Emergency and after-hour repair services are super expensive.

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3. A professional will clean out the ever-important condensation or drain line. 

Clogged condensate drain lines result in drainage backups and overflow, causing costly water damage in and around your A/C unit. Technicians have specialized equipment that forces air through the tube, blowing out all that nasty buildup. One hour and less than $100 bucks are worth avoiding messy damage from a simple clog! 

 

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Once you've had your cooling system checked, be sure to keep up with maintenance all summer long.  Changing air filters monthly and reducing humidity can keep your system running efficiently and prevent mold growth.

Now is also a good time for end-of-season maintenance for those heating heroes that kept you warm all winter. DIY or have a licensed pro do a final cleaning and inspection of your wood stove and fireplace! Then you’ll not only be cool for the summer, you’ll also be ahead for another Virginia winter.