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How to Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Smoothly All Summer

You work hard all day. You come home after sitting in traffic and…your house is a hot, steaming mess! The air conditioner isn’t working. This is one of the worst things that can happen to Houston residents during the summer.

But it can be prevented.

All you need to do is give your air conditioning unit a little Texas love and hospitality.


Houston, We Have a Problem. Don’t Take Your Air Conditioner for Granted.

Texans love air-conditioning in summer, so it’s important to perform regular maintenance. Don’t forget that your AC system has working parts that need attention.

Many people forget about the AC filter. Your AC filter needs to be changed every three months for your unit to work optimally (which saves energy costs!).

It’s just like an oil change for your car. In fact, it’s wise to just do both at the same time. That’ll help you remember.

A lot of people also forget that the air conditioning unit lives outside.  We’re lucky in Houston to have so much lush, Gulf Coast greenery.

But your AC unit doesn’t like it when leaves, twigs, and lawn clippings get stuck in its moving parts.

Thankfully, you can prevent this by:

  • Turning off your AC when you mow the lawn.
  • Spraying your unit down with a garden hose once a month (it won’t hurt it!).


Hold Your AC Unit to High Standards

Don’t accept a little discomfort, because it might be the early sign of a BIG problem. If your unit takes a long time to cool down the house, doesn’t seem to be reaching a corner room, or is making an annoying sound, get it checked out. This could be the sign of an issue.

You should be equally vigilant about your electricity bills. Does your bill this summer seem higher than last?

An inefficient use of electricity usually means your unit needs some maintenance.


Think of the Long Term Savings

Yes, it might not be as fun as waxing your Corvette or taking the Ducati out for a spin, but caring for your air conditioning unit will save you money in the long run.

Regular tune ups by skilled technicians who know all about compressors, coils, fans, and thermostats can ensure that you stay cool while reducing costs for many summers to come.


Want to extend the life of your unit and prevent costly failures before they happen? Look into our Preferred Service Plans (PSP).

  • Two regular tune-ups a year
  • Discounts on repairs
  • 24/7 service




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  1. martin vergara Commented ()

    Thank you ABC for the quick response. Our AC went out unexpectedly so I called ABC. They were out within a couple of hours. The technician was very professional as well as Charles Griffith, the HVAC Manager. They worked on my AC unit in the hot elements and had us running again within an hour and a half. You made our day much better. Great work!!

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