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How Often should Central AC unit be serviced and how much?

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How Often should Central AC unit be serviced and how much?

I have a Central Air Conditioning unit for my house.

I was just wondering how often these units need to be services, or cleaned and around how much does this normally cost.

Who would you guys recommend to do it? Sears?
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good question, i'd like to know also!

i serviced mine whenever the air coming out of the ducts felt warm (i.e. 1 every 8-10 yrs.. maybe i'm going about it wrong...
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I'm still looking for any feedback regarding this subject.

Thansk.
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Jul 10, 2005
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We have ours done every two years.We bought a insurance plan with it that covers this so i have no idea how much they charge.
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Save your money - simply perform the following (all are DIY activities):

- gently wash the dust out of the coils on the exterior unit (gently spray with garden hose).

- make sure there is no debris near the exterior unit.

- make sure the furnace drain hose is not kinked

- clean or replace furnace air filter.

- in the autumn cover the exterior unit.

- in the spring uncover the exterior unit.

- if you have a summer position on your duct work - switch the damper to that position. (in my system I can block off the humidifier so no air flows thru it.) Switch back in the fall.

That's all you need do!
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plymouthhater wrote:Save your money - simply perform the following (all are DIY activities):

- gently wash the dust out of the coils on the exterior unit (gently spray with garden hose).

- make sure there is no debris near the exterior unit.

- make sure the furnace drain hose is not kinked

- clean or replace furnace air filter.

- in the autumn cover the exterior unit.

- in the spring uncover the exterior unit.

- if you have a summer position on your duct work - switch the damper to that position. (in my system I can block off the humidifier so no air flows thru it.) Switch back in the fall.

That's all you need do!
And :arrowu: :arrowu: :arrowu: :arrowu: :arrowu: is absolutely correct!!!! Save your money as you really don't need to do anything with your AC Unit other than what :arrowu: said!!!! While yor cleaning the outside fins, try not to bend them. If some are bent, not to worry, but if alot of fins are bent, then you can by a fin brush that your comb over the fins to straighten then out, like how your comb your hair!!!!!
sk :)

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Its not absolutely necessary to cover them in off - season.
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