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Archive for March, 2013

Have you had your air conditioner checked lately?

Air Conditioning Repair - Drain fitting that is rusted off the air handler

You’re probably thinking “It’s the middle of March in Fort Myers, it’s been cold outside recently, and I haven’t turned on my air conditioning system for a month or two. Why in the world would I bother having my AC checked?

Because your air conditioner is a mechanical system and just like your car, it needs routine maintenance to avoid major repairs down the road.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is an oft-quoted tenet by Benjamin Franklin that couldn’t ring any more truer in regards to air conditioning systems because it’s so much less expensive to maintain your air conditioner than to repair it.

Case in point, the photo above is a drain fitting that rusted off the air handler of an unsuspecting customer’s AC system, months ago. She noticed water coming from her AC closet and called us to fix the problem.

When we snapped this photo and showed it to her, she was a little embarrassed. But honestly, she didn’t need to be embarrassed because we completely understand that not everyone is mechanically inclined.

Filthy Evaporator Coil in an Air Conditioner (Photo Courtesy of Flickr User DayLove)Not everyone likes to “Check under the hood.” But if you don’t like to “check under the hood” every once in a while, you might find that your air conditioning system looks like this! →

If you have a filthy evaporator coil like this in your AC system, it’s going to cause major problems that require costly repairs (possibly replacement) down the road, if left unchecked.

I’m not telling you all this to try to scare you or anything. It’s perfectly fine if you’re not a “do-it-yourselfer.” Plenty of people aren’t and it certainly doesn’t make you a bad person, so there’s no need to feel ashamed. 🙂

But the reality is that without routine maintenance, you’ll definitely require air conditioning repair. It’s just a matter of time…oh an by the way, it’s usually NOT CHEAP.

So, what’s the alternative?

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