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How can I save on heating and cooling repairs?

Updated on June 11, 2015

A sure way to make your heating and cooling system last longer is preventative maintenance. Lott Heating & Air offers a yearly maintenance agreement to customers. This contract consists of two visits, one in the spring and one in the fall. The spring visit consists of a full cleaning of both inside and outside coils. This allows your system to "breath again". Freon levels are also checked allowing your system to run as efficient as possible. The fall visit consists of checking the amount of amps the system is pulling, or checking to see if the exchanger has become cracked. A cracked exchanger can produce carbon monoxide poison, which can kill you and your family. The cost of a yearly maintenance agreement can save you thousands in the long run.

You may not know that your coils look like this on the inside of your unit.  When coils are dirty it puts a strain on your compressor shortening the life of your system.
You may not know that your coils look like this on the inside of your unit. When coils are dirty it puts a strain on your compressor shortening the life of your system.
When freon gets low, not only does it mean that you have a leak in your system, it also means you are in danger of your system freezing up.
When freon gets low, not only does it mean that you have a leak in your system, it also means you are in danger of your system freezing up.

CLEAN YOUR UNIT

You as a person can do some of this maintenance yourself. Start by looking at your outside condenser to see if the coils are dirty. If they appear to be all clogged up, take a regular garden hose and spray the unit until it's free of dirt. You can sometimes pull a hose into your house and spray that coil out as well. If you do this be very careful to not wet any electrical parts and spray in a way that your drain will catch most of the water. Regularly change your filters. By following these steps you should see a difference in the way your system cools and runs.

It is so important to have your system cleaned and filter changed.

Do you have your system serviced yearly?

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The EPA is phasing out R-22. What this means to the consumer is higher service repair cost. There is an alternative to changing your whole system. Don't pay high fee's for R-22, have your unit changed over to the new refrigerant MO-99.

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