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6 Tips for End-of-Summer AC Maintenance


As the summer season draws to a close, you’ll likely receive numerous phone calls from customers seeking air conditioner maintenance services. With temperatures gradually cooling down, it’s less of an inconvenience for them to temporarily shut down their HVAC units for a day or two. Before you hit the road and head to their homes, take a moment to consider these six valuable tips for delivering exceptional service.

  1. Listen to the Unit’s Operation Upon arriving at a client’s residence, one of the first steps you should take is to power up their air conditioning system and attentively listen to it. Are there any unusual noises, such as rattling or metallic sounds? Any unusual sounds could be indicative of a problem or damage that occurred during the summer months. Additionally, inquire if the customer has noticed any peculiar sounds, as they are the ones who listen to the system daily. If the noise suddenly emerged, ask if there were any events like thunderstorms or landscaping changes that might have triggered damage.
  2. Replace the Air Filter Most customers ideally replaced their air filters at the start of the summer, but after an entire season of use, it’s time for a replacement. Educate your clients about the benefits of a new air filter and recommend how frequently it should be changed. Stress the advantages, such as cleaner indoor air for better health and reduced strain on the HVAC system, resulting in improved efficiency. Replacing a clogged air filter can lead to significant energy savings, typically ranging from 5% to 15%.
  3. Inspect Electrical Connections Include a thorough inspection of the unit’s electrical system as part of your end-of-summer maintenance routine. Inquire about any recent power outages, as they can lead to system short-circuiting. Wiring issues could stem from a malfunctioning thermostat, a faulty capacitor, or the use of incorrect fuses. Examine wires for dislodgment or loss of contact with the power source, and don’t forget to check for stripped or pinched wires, which can pose fire hazards. If any damage is found, replacement of wiring or insulation may be necessary.
  4. Clean and Clear Condenser Coils Now, shift your attention to the condenser coils, which tend to accumulate dirt and debris after extended use. Use a vacuum or cleaning method to remove debris from the exterior fins of the AC unit. Inspect the fins for potential damage and straighten them if necessary. While you can easily hose off the AC coils, consider removing the casing to clean inside the unit. Discuss the importance of clearing bushes and weeds within a two-foot radius of the system with the client to prevent debris buildup.
  5. Discuss Upgrade/Installation Options If you notice that your client’s air conditioning unit is outdated and may not be performing optimally, initiate a conversation about upgrade possibilities. Most air conditioning units typically require replacement every 10 years, although longevity varies based on quality, usage frequency, and maintenance. For instance, if their old unit demands a costly repair to keep it running for the next season, it might be more cost-effective to invest in a new system. Inquire about their unit’s effectiveness in maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature; inefficient units may warrant replacement.
  6. Offer a Furnace Tune-Up With the arrival of colder temperatures on the horizon, it’s a good time to inquire if your clients are interested in a furnace tune-up while you’re already on-site for AC maintenance. These two services complement each other effectively. Similar to inspecting the AC unit, a furnace tune-up includes checking the home’s air filter for airflow restrictions, examining air vents, lubricating parts to reduce friction, and identifying signs of wear and tear. Providing these comprehensive services will give homeowners peace of mind, knowing that their HVAC systems are in excellent condition for the upcoming season.

Maximizing Your AC Maintenance Routine As summer transitions into fall, the volume of emergency calls for sudden cooling problems decreases. Nevertheless, many homeowners are keen on ensuring their AC units are well-prepared for another year. By following these tips, you can deliver top-notch service and foster customer loyalty, setting the stage for repeat business and a thriving HVAC service.