With the summer season comes blistering heat, and the need to stay cool at an all-time high. Better Business Bureau® of Central Oklahoma wants you to stay cool and safe this summer, and take the proper precautions for your heating, ventilation and air conditioning units.
It is always important to check and make sure everything is working properly. Taking the time now, before something is wrong, saves time and money later. BBB encourages people to pay special attention to their air conditioning systems, especially in the hotter summer months. If something does go wrong, you can inspect the unit yourself before calling a repair man.
- Routinely check the air filter to make sure no dirt or filth has accumulated in or around the unit.
- Once a year, have a certified technician drain the unit so that it does not become backed up.
- Make sure to keep the coils clean for smoother unit efficiency.
- Make sure the area surrounding the air conditioner is clear, so that air can move easily in and out of the unit.
- Always check to make certain the access panels are secure.
Conserving energy can also be an important factor in maintaining your air conditioning system. Installing a programmable thermostat, making sure your windows and doors sealed and shut when possible, and purchasing energy-efficient appliances are a few easy ways to do this.
Sometimes problems cannot be avoided, and it is time for you to select a business for air conditioning maintenance and repair. Here’s some tips on how to find a good business and avoid getting scammed.
How to Avoid A/C Repair Scams
- Do some background research on companies near you before making any decisions. Read customer reviews and feedback to determine if the company is legitimate. If you are unsure if a business is accredited, you can check our website at oklahomacity.bbb.org.
- Be sure the company has current licensing and insurance in your area. All BBB accredited businesses are required to possess both of these things.
- It is recommended that you get three estimates from other businesses before making a final decision, this could save you time and money later.
- Make sure you have a written contract with all blanks filled in. You should know all potential costs up front.
Contributed by Maddie Mitchell, Communications Strategist
Maddie Mitchell is a junior studying public relations and international studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is a resident of Norman, Oklahoma, and a graduate of Yukon High School. She enjoys writing about tips and tricks for all occasions, and the books she can frequently be found reading.