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Air Conditioning Maintenance

If you want to keep your air conditioning unit working away at peak efficiency for many years to come, it is important to schedule regular air conditioning maintenance. Your specific maintenance program will vary depending on the type of air conditioning system you have. Here in Albuquerque, swamp coolers are common. Swamp coolers require maintenance twice a year, in the fall, and in the spring.

 Spring Maintenance

Spring has sprung, and temperature are going to start sky rocketing. It is time to start up your swamp cooler. This isn’t a simple process, and it is best to hire a professional. First they will reconnect your swamp cooler’s water supply. Next, your air conditioning tech should inspect the pump, motor, belts, and bearings. These parts are designed to last a long time, but they will wear down after several years of use. Replacement parts will be installed if anything has worn down beyond repair. Finally they will turn off your furnace, not going to need that anymore, and turn on your cooling system!

Fall Maintenance

Winter is coming. Temperatures in Albuquerque can drop below freezing, so you are not going to be needing that air conditioning system for a couple of months. It is important that water supplies are turned off and disconnected. If water freezes inside your pipes, or air conditioning unit, it could cause irreparable damage. Drain all the water from the swamp cooler’s pan. Cover the unit to keep it protected through the winter. Finally, your service professional should turn on your furnace. Out with the cool air, in with the warm.

If you ignore your air conditioning maintenance, it is likely your unit will soon break down completely. A penny in prevention is worth a dollar in cures. The installation for a new unit could cost anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000.  A few hundred dollars spent now will save you thousands in the long run.

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