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Beat the Heat: Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Southern California HVAC System

Outdoor AC unit.

As the summer sun heats things up, the last thing you want is a broken air conditioner leaving you sweltering indoors. Here at Reliable Home Comfort, we want to ensure your home stays cool and comfortable all season long. That's why we've compiled a list of easy-to-follow maintenance tips to help you prepare your HVAC system for summer. By following these simple steps, you can optimize your system's performance, prevent costly breakdowns, and keep your energy bills in check. Let's dive in and get your home ready for a stress-free summer.

Summer Maintenance Tips for Your HVAC System

As Southern Californians, we know summer brings scorching temperatures. To keep your home cool and comfortable all season long, your HVAC system needs to be in top shape. Here are a few summer HVAC maintenance tips that can help ensure your air conditioner is ready to tackle the heat:

Seasonal Maintenance

  • Schedule a Tune-Up: A professional tune-up by a licensed HVAC technician is crucial. They'll inspect, clean, and lubricate your system, ensuring optimal performance and preventing breakdowns.
  • Change Your Air Filter: A dirty air filter restricts airflow, making your AC work harder and reducing efficiency. Replace your filter monthly during summer to keep things cool and clean.

DIY Maintenance

  • Clean the Outdoor Unit: Clear away leaves, branches, and debris from around the outdoor unit. Trim back any landscaping that might be blocking airflow. A clean unit works more efficiently.
  • Inspect Air Vents: Make sure furniture, rugs, or curtains aren't blocking air vents throughout your house. Restricted airflow reduces cooling effectiveness.
  • Test Your Thermostat: Set your thermostat to your desired cool temperature and ensure the AC turns on and cools the house.

Energy-Saving Tips

  • Seal Air Leaks: Drafty windows and doors force your AC to work overtime. Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal these leaks and keep cool air in (and hot air out).
  • Upgrade Your Thermostat: Consider a programmable thermostat. You can set schedules to adjust the temperature when you're away or asleep, saving energy and money.
  • Embrace Natural Cooling: Close curtains and blinds during the day to block sunlight and heat gain. Utilize ceiling fans to circulate cool air, which allows your AC to work less.

Bonus Tip: Keep an eye out for warning signs like unusual noises, leaks, or reduced airflow. These could indicate potential HVAC problems. Addressing them early can prevent a major breakdown in the heat of summer.

By following these tips, you can ensure your HVAC system is ready to keep you cool and comfortable all summer long. Remember, proper maintenance not only keeps your home cool but also extends the life of your HVAC system and saves you money on energy bills.

For professional HVAC maintenance or repair services in Southern California, call Reliable Home Comfort at (562) 543-5987 or contact us online today! We're here to keep your home cool and comfortable all summer long.

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    • Priority Scheduling
    • 1 Complimentary Washable Filter
    • Includes 2 Maintenances Per Year
    • Additional Maintenance $99/Visit
    • 2-Hour Arrival Window
    • $45 Diagnostic Fee
    • 15% Repair Discount
  • $25.97/MONTH
    • Additional Maintenance $99/visit
    • 2-Hour Arrival Window
    • $45 Diagnostic Fee
    • 15% Repair Discount
    • 1 Complimentary Disposable Filter / Clean Washable Filter
    • Includes ONE FREE Maintenance After 6 Months

  • MAINTENANCE INCLUDES: $199 Regular Price / / $99 Member Price


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    • Heat Pump: 22 Point Inspection
    • Mini Split: 40 Point Inspection
    • Gas Furnace: 21 Point Inspection
    • Package Unit: 16 Point Inspection
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