Summer weather is here, and it’s time to turn on your air conditioning unit. An air conditioner is one of the most important components of a home and one of the biggest investments. To get the most out of your air conditioner lifespan as possible, there are several things you can do before turning on your system.

Annual A/C Maintenance

First, we recommend annual air conditioning maintenance for your cooling system. Annual A/C maintenance is the most effective way to prevent unexpected breakdowns, costly repairs and improve your air conditioner’s lifespan. A certified technician will provide a thorough cleaning of the system while ensuring everything is operating properly. 

A typical air conditioner lifespan has an expectancy of 15 to 20 years, but that is dependent on how well the system is maintained. Air conditioning systems that are neglected are more likely to result in costly repairs to homeowners and need to be replaced well before 15 years. 

Replace your Air Filter

Before turning on your air conditioner, you want to replace your filter. Yes, that’s right, you still need to replace your furnace filter during the summer months to allow proper airflow.

Not having a clean air filter creates poor airflow, preventing your home from reaching comfortable temperatures. We recommend replacing your filter once a month, regardless of how often you use either system. 

Remove A/C Cover

Secondly, and this happens more than you would think, it is important to make sure you have removed all coverings from the air conditioner.

If the system is turned on while still being covered, the results can be catastrophic and result in your need for a completely new air conditioning system. Make sure everything is removed before turning your thermostat to the cold setting. 

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Thirdly, we recommend using a programmable thermostat with your HVAC system. This allows the system to be set to cool when you are home and rest when you are away. Using your air conditioner on an as-needed basis helps extend its longevity. Having your system run non-stop can be taxing, causing the system to struggle to maintain a cool temperature. 

Go Ductless

If you are looking to add air conditioning to an area of your home without ductwork or to a room that is not properly cooled, a Mitsubishi ductless system is the perfect solution. As an Elite Diamond Dealer, our Schultheis Bros. sales team is equipped to help you create custom comfort for your home. 

Call Immediately for these Common A/C Issues

In the event you notice an issue with your air conditioner, you must schedule air conditioning service immediately with a certified technician. The most common problems that can occur are:

  • Air not cooling
  • Unit not turning on
  • Leaks
  • Freezing

Whatever the underlying cause, you shouldn’t have to live another summer with poor A/C performance. Schultheis Bros. can help you put an end to the basic A/C issues, saving you time and money over the lifetime of your cooling system. 


For a cooler summer, contact our air conditioning technicians today!