As temperatures continue to climb this spring and summer, so will the need to get your air conditioning repaired.
Some companies are already feeling the heat. For example, R&R Heating and Air Conditioning received 115 calls before 9 a.m. Tuesday.
But instead of waiting until your AC unit goes kaput, experts say call to make a tune-up appointment now.
“They wait until it’s 75 degrees and night and doesn’t cool off,” said Installation Dept. Manager at Air Control Hearing and Electric Inc., Lylle Wiess. “It’s like a vehicle. You want to make sure you’re running it at peak to save yourself money.”
Right now AC repair and installation shops are already booked a few days out, and Weiss expects the wait to get even longer by late June and July.
If you’ve done your due diligence and have a working AC, here’s how to get the most out of it.
- Leave your AC at 76 degrees when you’re not home.
- Limit light in your home.
- Change your AC filters.
How can you tell if your AC needs a tune-up?
Weiss says your AC should generally run 15-20 minutes per hour if they are operating properly and sized properly for the house.
If your AC is running all day, it’s likely time for a tune-up.
(story: Joe McHale, KHQ Local News Reporter, KHQ.com; Photo: National Institute of Standards and Technology)