TOM: Temperatures are rising and that makes a good time to make sure your air conditioner is on track to keep you cool before that first heat wave arrives. Hi. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute.
TOM: First, get your system serviced soon. Hiring an A/C technician is less expensive in the off-season, even if you’re still weeks from actually turning on the air conditioning.
LESLIE: Now, when the tech arrives, one of the most important things to check is the refrigerant levels. Slow leaks mean that your A/C will need to run much longer to do its job and that can lead to costly energy bills.
TOM: Next, fan motors should be lubricated and your thermostat calibrated to make sure your system’s not working overtime.
LESLIE: The outside condenser, as well as electrical components, should be checked and evaporator and condenser coils should be cleaned.
TOM: Finally, cut down on summer housekeeping by making sure filters are cleaned or replaced. I’m Tom Kraeutler. For more Money Pit Home Improvement Tips, visit moneypit.com.