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Cool your house and save money!

Posted at 7:12 PM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-05 22:18:16-04

The 90 degree temps are here and we're not going back.

Is your A/C system ready for the summer?

Repairs or replacement can cost you thousands.

Terry Church with Forrest Anderson Plumbing and Air Conditioning says twice a year maintenance is crucial.

And right now is time for the first one.

That should include a freon level check, changing filters (he likes the pleated kind) and cleaning coils at the outside unit.

He says taking a hose to those coils from the outside can make the problem worse.

They should be washed from the inside out.

If you're choosing a contractor, get 2 or 3 estimates, check reputations online and with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.

And Terry says, be concerned if the price of a unit, or the service call price are too low.

"If you start getting 'You need this replaced and that replaced, suddenly instead of a $39.95 bill you're looking at spending hundreds."

Now the big question: How do you keep your house cool enough when you're gone, but don't spend a lot doing it?

Terry believes in knowing times for your high price peak hours.

He suggests cooling off your house before that.

Then, he says turn your thermostat up about 5-8 degrees higher (than your normal temperature) when the peak hours start.

He says turning your thermostat too high when you are gone will mean too much work for your A/C when you get back.

Watch our entire video conversation with Terry from Thursday afternoon on the Let Joe Know Facebook page.