The simple answer to this question is “at least once a year, typically in the spring.” In reality, several factors determine how often your air conditioner needs service, including how often you use it, where you live, how many pets you have in your home (if any), and whether or not any members of your family have allergies.
A few reasons to get your AC serviced once a year by a certified HVAC specialist:
- Your AC might need maintenance even if nothing seems wrong
- Maintaining your AC can actually improve your energy bill
- Getting your AC inspected is less expensive than replacing it
What Your HVAC Specialist Should Look For
Annual air condition maintenance should include a thorough inspection of the AC’s connections, refrigerant levels, supply lines, return lines, pressure, operating temperature, coils, drain, blower, and motor, to name a few. If any of these components exhibit warning signs of a bigger problem, you can fix them before they cause serious damage. If everything is running smoothly, you can enjoy your AC without worrying about an impending breakdown during summer’s hottest months.
How Often Should You Replace Your AC Filter?
The filter is what keeps air moving through your AC clean. Like most maintenance, the frequency with which you replace the filter depends on a number of variables. If you’re living in a single-occupant home (or vacation home), for example, you probably don’t need to replace the filter more than once or twice a year. An average suburban home might need a new filter more frequently – usually every 90 days. If you have pets in your home, nearby construction or allergies, consider checking and changing the filter on a monthly basis.
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