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    A month ago or longer
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    Basement
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    Electric
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    Less than a week ago
$49
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    Closet
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    Electric
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$75
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Two-thirds of all homes in the U.S. have an air conditioning unit, and consumers spend $29 billion dollars annually to keep those systems operating. Regular maintenance can help reduce the need for repairs and keep ongoing costs down. According to the Department of Energy, routinely replacing or cleaning an AC’s air filters can reduce energy consumption by 5 percent to 15 percent.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals are specially trained to work with indoor cooling systems. Many states have certification and licensing programs to protect consumers and regulate the industry—be sure to read up on local laws and hire a contractor who is licensed accordingly. Preventative maintenance prolongs the life of window units, evaporative coolers (also known as swamp coolers), split AC systems and central air systems. It also ultimately saves money on energy bills and keeps the home cooler—a triple win. Several factors affect the cost of keeping an air conditioner in top working shape.

Flat rates

Many HVAC companies charge a flat rate for maintenance and regular tuneups because it’s easy to estimate time, parts and labor required for routine tasks such as these. Prevention is the key to a happy AC unit and a cool family during the summer heat. HVAC technicians can spot minor problems during routine maintenance and prevent major trouble (and costly repairs) down the line. During a typical tuneup, contractors remove dirt and debris, clean filters, refill the refrigerant and more. Here are a few examples of flat rates for an AC tuneup:

Gilman Cooling & Heating in Cape Coral, Florida

  • New customer tuneup special: $59

  • Standard air conditioning system tuneup: $89

Toasty’s Heating & Cooling in Farmington, Michigan

  • General maintenance for air conditioning unit: $79

  • Advanced maintenance for air conditioning unit: $138

    • The price includes chemicals for the system.

Atlantic Coast Contractors in Newport News, Virginia

  • Standard maintenance rate: $95

    • Clean outdoor evaporator and condenser coils with specialty cleaner.

    • Flush drain lines.

    • Install drain tables to reduce buildup (mold, algae, etc.) in drain lines.

    • Check refrigerant levels, capacitors and safeties.

    • Check and tighten electrical connections.

    • Inspect duct system.

    • Measure amp draw and electrical current.

    • Test backup electrical heat.

    • Clean burners on furnaces and inspect flue pipe.

    • Check blower wheel.

    • Lubricate all moving parts.
  • Winter (off season) special: $69—for all of the above

Hourly rate

Some air conditioning technicians charge an hourly rate for service work. The hourly rate may apply to their travel to and from the job location, or it may solely apply to work done on-site (in which case, some contractors charge a separate travel fee to cover transportation costs). Here is an example of an hourly rate for AC service work. Capital Refrigeration Service in Midlothian, Virginia, charges $65 per hour, plus a 5 percent to 20 percent markup on any new parts installed.

Repairs

It may be time for more than just maintenance if a unit is not cooling the house properly, the AC won’t come on at all or there is limited airflow. The Department of Energy says that these symptoms can indicate electric control failure, ductwork problems, drainage problems, thermostat issues, dirty filters, sensor problems or refrigerant concerns. If a repair estimate is $500 or more and the unit is over 10 years old, Toasty’s Heating & Cooling recommends replacing the AC system instead of repairing it. On average, this company’s light service repairs (for items such as refrigerant, contactor relays and compactors) range from $175–$576.

Preventative maintenance

A brand new AC unit installed can cost between $2,800 and $10,000, according to Toasty’s Heating & Cooling. That’s why it pays to prevent problems before they arise. Keep in mind that not completing scheduled maintenance on a unit can void the manufacturer’s warranty. Be sure to understand warranty details and keep tuneups regular.

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