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Prevent the Unexpected Breakdown With Regular AC Maintenance
With average temperatures above 100℉ all summer long, keeping your home cool 24/7 in the Arizona heat is an essential job! Give your AC unit some regular TLC with Falcon Air Conditioning’s full-service AC tune-ups. Our affordable AC maintenance services make it easy to prevent major problems before they happen, so you have uninterrupted service all summer long!
Our cooling maintenance services include (but aren’t limited to):
Mini-Splits (Ductless Unit)
Straight Cool Condensers
Giving honest feedback on the functionality of your air conditioner
Providing very affordable pricing for a 2-Year maintenance agreement
Call Falcon Air Conditioning today or book an appointment below!
We’d be happy to keep your AC fine-tuned and running!
Why AC Maintenance?
Between excessive heat, dust build-up, and inclement weather, AC units in Arizona handle a lot of stress. Without proper maintenance, you run the risk of an inconvenient breakdown that may put a major dent in your finances and leave your family sweltering in the heat unexpectedly. Here are some of the reasons to always maintain your unit.
- Save Money on Repairs. A regular tune-up is affordable and prevents most expensive repairs.
- Maximizes Efficiency. Without regular cleaning and maintenance, AC unit efficiency can decline by about 5% each year.
- Lowers Energy Bills. The more efficient your unit runs the less energy it uses to cool your home.
- Extends the Life of Your Unit. Maintaining your unit prevents major problems that could ruin your unit prematurely.
- Uniform Cooling. Properly maintained units evenly distribute cool air throughout your home.
- Improves Indoor Air Quality. Cleaning your unit and replacing the air filter reduces indoor allergens and dust while also removing excess humidity.
- Increases Air Flow. Clearing dust, debris, and other buildup helps air continue to flow freely from your unit.
What Your AC Tune-Up Includes
Before scheduling a tune-up, here’s everything our expert technicians will take care of as part of this service. We are always committed to providing the best value with our services!
- Replace the air filters
- Clean and inspect the indoor and outdoor coils
- Inspect the condensate pump
- Check the thermostat works properly
- Clean the condensate pump of dirt and debris
- Visually inspect the whole HVAC system
- Clean away any dust, dirt, and debris from the system
Signs Your AC Unit Needs Maintenance
If you haven’t had regular AC tune-ups, it’s likely your unit is showing some signs it needs a little TLC. Here are a few things to watch out for that can prevent major AC repairs.
- Your home isn’t being cooled evenly.
- The AC unit is constantly on or shuts on and off in short intervals.
- Dirt or debris is visible inside or around your unit.
- There have been a lot of extreme weather conditions in a short period.
- Your unit is getting older.
- Occasional weird sounds or smells.
3 Things to Consider About AC Maintenance in Arizona
Your AC Unit Has to Work Harder
The warmer it is outside, the harder your AC unit works to keep your home cool. While the average home in the United States runs their AC units for 3-4 months a year, Arizonians will run their units for 9 months or more in more extreme temperatures than nearly anywhere else! Especially in the Phoenix area where urbanization led to higher average summer temperatures, it’s critical for you to have regular maintenance to extend the life of your unit for as long as possible.
Humidity Plus High Temperatures Can Cause Problems
Most people think about Arizona heat as dry heat, but did you know you can still experience significant levels of humidity in the Phoenix area during monsoon season? Desert storms have the tendency to come and go very quickly, shocking your AC unit with the changes between dry heat and humid heat as it works to properly maintain humidity levels in your home.
Excessive Heat Can Burn Important Lubricating Oils
If your unit is not cleaned and maintained throughout the year, you could run into serious problems in the Arizona heat. Dirty condenser coils and extreme heat are a recipe for disaster because high temperatures can cause lubricating oils to burn, turning the oil into acid that can corrode and ruin your compressor. With excessive temperatures lasting so long in Arizona, it’s critical to have one of our technicians come to clean and inspect your unit.
DIY vs Professional AC Maintenance
When considering AC maintenance, you may be wondering if it’s actually necessary to hire a professional or if you can maintain the unit yourself. For most AC maintenance, you’ll want to hire a professional who can take your unit apart for a deep clean and inspection. Professionals will be the only ones who can identify major mechanical problems or refrigerant issues. However, there are a few DIY steps you can take in between regular tune-ups.
3 DIY AC Maintenance Steps
- Replace the Air Filter
Replacing the air filter is part of professional tune-ups, but you can also easily change the filter yourself if needed. Typically, you will only need to replace it twice a year, but you may need additional replacements with particularly dry and dusty weather or if you’re experiencing significant smoke from wildfires (which is becoming increasingly common in the West).
2. Clean the Outside Fins
The outside covering of your AC unit is constructed with slots called fins that allow airflow while protecting the inner machinery of your unit. Simply take a soft cloth and mild cleaner to remove dust and dirt.
3. Remove Debris or Clutter
Leaves, small branches, grass clippings, and even trash could get caught in the fins of your unit. Simply remove this debris when you see it to help keep your unit clean between tune-ups.
How often should you service your AC in Arizona?
At minimum once a year before the start of summer. We recommend twice a year for optimal results.
When should I schedule my AC maintenance?
You can call us any time to be part of our continuing AC maintenance schedule. We recommend finding a time in the fall to inspect issues that may have happened in the summer heat and again in the spring before heavy use starts again. Summer happens to be our peak season with lots of repairs and it could be difficult to get a tune-up scheduled.
What is the average lifespan of an AC unit in Arizona?
The average lifespan of an AC unit in Arizona is 10 to 14 years with proper maintenance.
How much is a new AC unit in Arizona?
Stand-alone AC units can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. On average, they cost about $7,000. The price range for a stand-alone unit is similar to the price of HVACs, so many homeowners opt to upgrade their entire system to an HVAC when replacing an AC unit. Window or portable AC units can be a cost-effective alternative as well.