Summers in Madera, CA are hot, dry, and challenging. Without functioning air conditioning, you and everyone else in your household could be at risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Good AC maintenance practices are essential especially when average daytime temperatures consistently reach the mid-90s. Read on to discover how often you should maintain your home cooling equipment.
Monthly AC Maintenance Tasks
Check your AC filter monthly. In dry, dusty climates, AC filters can collect airborne debris at a surprising rate. If you live near a busy freeway, near farmland, or by active construction, check your AC filter every two to three weeks. Most people should replace their filters every 30 to 60 days. Check your indoor air registers and grilles too, and clean them with a damp cloth or your vacuum hose and attachments. Check the outdoor AC condenser and remove any leaves, grass, or other debris to ensure 24 inches of clearance on all sides.
Annual Maintenance Tasks
Annual maintenance service through a licensed HVAC company preserves the equipment warranty. The best time to schedule an AC tune-up is just before high seasonal demand. AC tune-ups are an opportunity for HVAC technicians to diagnose and fix minor issues before they spiral out of control. These services include thorough inspection and cleaning of all AC components, calibrating the thermostat, replacing worn parts, and more.
Your HVAC Air Ducts Matter, Too
The integrity and functionality of your HVAC air ducts affect the health and performance of your air conditioner. Ducts should be inspected annually and professionally cleaned every two to five years. Additionally, HVAC air ducts have a finite lifespan. They should be replaced every 10 to 15 years.
When to Schedule AC Maintenance Twice Annually
Most air conditioners have a lifespan between 15 and 20 years. However, many of these units lose up to half of their efficiency after just 10 years, and the risk of breakdowns increases. If your AC unit is nearing the end of its lifespan, twice-annual maintenance is essential for avoiding unpleasant surprises. Older ACs can benefit from one annual tune-up service before spring and another maintenance visit at the end of the heating season.
We proudly serve residents of Madera, CA and the surrounding communities with AC and heater maintenance, repair, and installation services. We also offer ductless mini-splits, duct cleaning, duct sealing, and indoor air quality services. Call Brian’s Heating & Cooling today to schedule an appointment.