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Imagine you have just returned home on a hot summer day and want nothing more than to seek shelter from the heat in your cool home. Instead, you discover your home is nearly as hot as it is outside.

During those blistering hot summer days, the last thing you want to experience is complete air-conditioning system failure. The more you know about your cooling system, the easier it is to prevent the loss of air conditioning when you need it the most.

Regular tune-ups and preventative maintenance programs ward-off these misfortunes, but if your system hasn’t been regularly maintained, it increases the chances of system breakdown.

Bottom line, we recommend your system be inspected at least once a year. If you haven’t scheduled your appointment yet this season, there some signs to watch for that are definite indicators that your system may be in trouble:

• Watch for black dust gathered around door cracks. It’s a sign that there isn’t sufficient return air in the rooms, which decreases the efficiency of the system.

• Listen to the system while it’s running. If it’s loud, there isn’t enough return or supply air, which reduces your system’s efficiency as well.

• If you hear a banging sound when the system turns on or off, it’s a good sign there is something broken. Don’t wait to have it inspected, because it will not get better on its own.

• Compare last year’s kilowatt usage on your electric bill with this year’s. If you notice a significant difference, call a professional before it’s too late.

An AirNow service technician will be able to protect you and your family from untimely breakdowns of potentially failing parts or warn you if you need to start preparing for the purchase of a new unit altogether.

About AirNow Cooling & Heating

AirNow Cooling & Heating is a full-service air-conditioning and heating contractor located in Millbrook, Ala., serving Montgomery, Autauga, Lowndes and Elmore Counties. The business services and installs heating and air-conditioning systems. In addition to completing scheduled service checks, repairing existing equipment and installing new equipment, the company finds ways to reduce the energy bills of its clients with a thorough cost-benefits analysis.

AirNow offers a patented Straight Forward Pricing Guide™ so that customers know what the price is before a project begins. Meanwhile, to contact AirNow Cooling & Heating for a service call, a free quote on a new HVAC system or further information on any of its services, please call 334-285-7065 or email service@airnowhvac.com.

Compiled by Terry Barrett | AirNow Cooling & Heating, Millbrook, AL