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Cost-Saving Tips for Your AC

Being a homeowner is an expensive endeavor. Depending on how stable your finances are, or how handy you are with home improvement jobs, then owning a home can be more affordable than renting or other living types. However, when you’ve got an air conditioner, things can get tricky.

Central air conditioners are complicated systems. They’re not designed for any person to open them up and start fixing things. That’s why they can be so expensive—amateur fixes can actually cause more damage and do more harm to your budget than professional services.

This blog is about professional air conditioning repair in Longboat Key, FL, and how you can get the most out of your money. We’ll go over when the most affordable time is to call for repairs, and how to get the most affordable costs from a team of professionals that work on your system.

1. Early Repairs Always Cost Less

When you’re making the decision of whether or not to get repairs done on your air conditioning system now, rather than later, then we want to be clear. Early repairs will always cost less and save you money than repairs in a week, month, or year. While the cost will be immediate, it will never be more than it would if you got repairs done later.

This is because problems can always get worse, but they never really get better on their own. As components break down, suffer from wear and tear, and get less efficient, they’ll break more over time rather than get better. When you call for repairs early on, we can address the problem before other components break as a result.

2. Change Your Air Filter Regularly

The one thing we encourage homeowners to do themselves is to change the air filter. This component is vital when it comes to allowing free, fresh air to flow through your AC system. It also will help lower your cooling bills as it allows your heating system to run more efficiently.

Doing this every one to three months can help regulate your system and keep it from running into problems.

3. Invest in Regular Maintenance

Maintenance is the first thing you should be thinking about every year. A regular central air conditioning system requires maintenance once per year, and a heat pump that functions all-year-round should get maintenance twice a year. This can help stop repairs from cropping up and ultimately save you money on expensive repairs that might otherwise get worse.

4. Ask for an Estimate

This might seem like a simple tip, but it’s actually a bit more complicated. When you get repairs scheduled early, this allows you to find a good estimate that works on your budget and get your air conditioner the proper service it needs.

When compared to a delayed repair that ends up getting turned into emergency AC service at an inconvenient time, you don’t have the luxury of scheduling AC repairs, which means you won’t be able to really find an estimate that works for you. If you have an air conditioner that needs to be fixed, call our team and ask for an estimate. This price will help guide you in budgeting, and allow you to get the repairs you need sooner rather than later.

Contact Jim McDonald & Sons Heating & Cooling Inc. for comprehensive AC services. Cooling Sarasota and Manatee Counties since 1970.

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