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For eight months of the year average daytime temperatures in Tampa are over 80°F. Your air conditioner has a heavy workload and precious little downtime. Giving your system a helping hand can keep indoor comfort high and utility bills low. Here are three ways you can help your cooling system to get the job done:

Get an Air Conditioner Tune-up

Running your air conditioner without a tune-up is like driving your car without maintenance. Seasonal tune-ups can prevent up to 95 percent of breakdowns and alert you to any issues that need attention. Your service technician will remove the dust and dirt buildup that causes air conditioners to overwork and age prematurely. A clean air conditioner operates efficiently and performs optimally.

AC maintenance includes flushing out the condensation line to remove dirt and algae that can clog the line. Blockages can cause water to back up into your system and into your home. Flushing the condensation line prevents a variety of mishaps including property damage and a frozen cooling coil.

Change Your HVAC Filters

Dirty filters are responsible for many AC breakdowns. Check your filters every 30 to 90 days. If you can’t see filter material through the dirt, replace the filter. Dirty HVAC filters block airflow. Over time, blocked airflow can cause the motor to overheat and burn out. Dirty AC filters create dirty, overworked air conditioners that perform poorly and operate inefficiently.

Monitor Your Air Conditioner

Be alert for strange noises, foul odors, poor airflow, puddles, thermostat problems, escalating utility bills, and high indoor humidity. Make sure the outside unit is free of obstructions and is on a level surface. Small issues should be resolved immediately to prevent expensive and inconvenient AC repairs later on.

M & R Air Conditioning & Electrical delivers comprehensive AC maintenance services designed to keep your air conditioner going strong all season. Call us at (813) 758-4044 to learn more or schedule maintenance or a repair.

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