"Air Conditioning Maintenance"
Turns Your Air Conditioner...

Into A Lean Mean Comfort Machine

Air Conditioning Maintenance and ac repairs are provided in Arizona within the cities of Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Gold Canyon, and Florence.

Is Air Conditioning Maintenance Really Important?

Most people know that the more efficiently a mechanical device works, the less it costs to operate. A well-tuned automobile engine offers far better fuel efficiency than a clunker.

The same holds true with your Air Conditioner. A clean filter, coupled with other Air Conditioning Maintenance tasks, makes your Air Conditioner operate more efficiently, consuming less energy and making it less susceptible to breakdowns.

Energy Savings equal money savings. Keeping your cooling and heating equipment running efficiently also helps our environment.

Air Conditioning Maintenance
Cleaner Air Is Cheaper Air

The most important Air Conditioning Maintenance task for an Air Conditioner is the one that you can do yourself...

Clean or replace your Air Conditioner Filter EVERY month or on an as needed basis depending on your usage, which usually reflects the time of the season.  A dirty Air Filter makes your A/C System work harder and use more energy than a clean one. A dirty Air Filter is like your ac unit trying to breathe through a straw - it causes to much restriction, which can cause your compressor to pre-maturely fail.  The compressor is one of the most expensive repairs on an air conditioner.

Your Air Filter also protects the Blower Motor, Blower Wheel, and Evaporator Coils from becoming dirty. Dirt is the #1 problem in an A/C System that causes Motors to die prematurely, and makes your Air Conditioner work harder.

When you buy Air Filters, buy them by the case-they're cheaper, and when you install them make sure the arrow on the Filter is pointing in the right direction, it should be pointing toward the A/C Unit, not towards you.

Visit Air Conditioning Filters for the best filters to use.

Air Conditioning Maintenance
Change Your Air Filters Every Month

By changing your air filters every month, your helping to ensure that your entire system stays clean, breathes freely, operates efficiently, and lasts longer.

However, if your A/C System's (coils, blower wheel) are already dirty, than your monthly air filter changing is just preventing your A/C Unit from becoming dirtier than it already is, and it's not operating at top efficiency.

For instance, a dirty/clogged Evaporator Coil creates the same problems as a dirty filter. Visit Cleaning Air Conditioning Coils for more information.

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It includes free spring and the fall reminders to have your a/c system tuned-up by a professional... 

and free helpful hints and tips scattered along the way to help increase your comfort and save you money.

Air Conditioning Maintenance
Is it Really That Important to Have
 
Your A/C Inspected Every Year?

To answer this question, I'm going to talk around the subject a bit so that you can make the decision for yourself.

First of all, if having your air conditioner inspected every year gives you peace of mind, and this is more important to you than the little bit of money that it takes to have your ac unit inspected, then by all means have it inspected.  Wouldn't you agree?

Otherwise, I will get right to the point and tell you that having your a/c looked at every year is not necessary and is actually overkill. 

Having it inspected once every 4 to 5 years, is perfectly acceptable.  Let me try and explain...

If you just moved into a home, you may not have access to the history of any maintenance that may have been performed on the existing a/c unit.  If this is the case, you should have it inspected, maintained and/or tuned-up (as a lot of companies like to call it).  From this point, you could easily wait 4 to 5 years before having it inspected/tuned again.

Does this mean that your ac unit is not going to break during this 4 to 5 year period of no maintenance?  Of course not.  Mechanical and electrical parts fail on an a/c unit, just like on a car.  Even when you do your due diligence by changing the oil, filters, spark plugs, etc. etc. on your car, it still breaks down from time to time.  The same thing can happen with your ac unit.

The other question you may ask is...Would my ac unit be less likely to fail during this same 4 to 5 year period if I had it inspected/tuned every year?  And the answer is NO!, because like I said before, mechanical and electrical parts fail.  They all have a certain life expectancy.  Regardless of how much supposed maintenance you're giving it.

So the next question would naturally be...Does air conditioning maintenance/inspection/tune-ups help my unit last longer than it would have otherwise?  And the answer is YES!  Just like changing your oil on your car helps the engine last longer, certain maintenance tasks for your air conditioner will help it last longer as well.

The point I'm trying to make is that, inspecting/tuning/maintaining (which are different names but all mean the same things) your air conditioner is important, but performing this task every year is not going to increase the life expectancy of any parts.

Another example:  Did you know that a refrigerator contains the same types of parts as an air conditioner and that it works in the same manner?  But you never have it maintained do you?  And it just keeps on working doesn't it?  Of course, one day it will break, like any other electrical/mechanical device.

Most Air Conditioning Companies
Encourage Twice Per Year
Air Conditioning Maintenance

That's right!  Most a/c companies recommend a preventative maintenance, inspection, or tune-up twice per year for your ac unit.

Why do they recommend this?  Well that is a simple question that only an insider like me would know the true answer to...

The fact of the matter is that during the spring and the fall (if you want to admit that we actually have such a thing in Arizona), most ac companies recommend that you have your ac system inspected to prevent costly repairs.

The fact of the matter is:  These A/C Companies are simply trying to keep their technicians busy making the company money during the OFF season, hence one inspection during the spring, right before summer, and one inspection during the fall, right before winter.

To make matters even worse, most a/c companies give their there technicians bonuses on any sales that they make.  Although on the one hand this could encourage an honest technician to do a more thorough job at inspecting an air conditioner in order to find a potential problem that may fatten his and his company's wallet, it also encourages the dishonest technician to recommend repairs or additional preventative measures to the customer that really are not problems at all, in order to fatten their wallets.

Believe me, they generally don't come to your home to simply do an inspection/tune-up (as there is no money in that).  They want to walk away with more money by recommending what many times amounts to nothing more than bogus maintenance repairs.

The A/C companies that pay their technicians bonuses know that it promotes dishonesty within their organization, but they also know that it makes them more money.  So if a company pays their technicians commissions, you now know that money is more important to them than honesty and integrity.  And the company is corrupt from the top down.  I would stay far away from these companies. 


The Reason I Recommend
 Air Conditioning Maintenance
Every 4 to 5 Years

Air Conditioners tend to vibrate, and vibration can cause electrical connections to loosen over time.  Loose electrical connections can cause pre-mature failure.  But when A/C Handyman tightens them, they're not going to come loose in one or even three years.

Also, contactors become burnt and pitted during normal operation and should be replaced around the 5 year mark if the unit is a Heat Pump.  If it's not a Heat Pump it could go 10 years before needing replaced.  If not replaced in time it could take your compressor with it (a very costly repair).

Your unit should never need any Freon.  It doesn't get used up.  It's sealed inside your unit.  Most times, the only way you would need any Freon added is if your unit had a leak somewhere in the system.  Then your option would be to continue having it refilled every so often or fix the leak and be done with it.

Capacitors can become weak, but that is usually do to the all too often and universal improper checking of capacitors during routine maintenance.

Coils will never need any cleaning if you use the proper air filter.  Visit Air Conditioning Filters for the best filters to use. 

Motors don't need to be lubricated anymore like they used to.  As the manufactures decided to make them maintenance free.  What this really means is that the manufacturers put the proper amount of oil in the motor and seal it, knowing that at some predictable time in the future, the seal will come loose,  oil will leak out, the motor will fail, and the manufacturer will make more money on the sale of another motor.  Pretty smart huh?  Yeah, and I guess you could say greedy too.

I'm an air conditioning repair technician, and I perform air conditioning maintenance on my ac unit every 5 years and for good reason.


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Any Air Conditioning Maintenance task beyond changing the Air Filter should be performed by a professional. A complete A/C Unit check and Tune-Up will go a long way to ensure that your unit is operating at peak performance and putting Energy Saving dollars back in your pocket!

For local service in the State of Arizona call the number below.

AC Tune-Up Just $59.95

A/C Handyman
Air Conditioning & Heating
Air Conditioning Maintenance & Repair
1334 W Pepper Pl
Mesa, AZ. 85201
480-343-2530

Air Conditioning Phoenix and the following cities in Arizona: Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Gold Canyon, Forence, and Apache Junction.

Types of systems we service: Air Conditioner, Heat Pump, Gas Heating, Furnace, and Electric Heat.

Brands we service:

All major brands including: Mastercool, Trane, Amana, Ruud, Goodman, Carrier, York, Goettl, Payne, Lennox, Rheem, Bryant, Heil, Kenmore, and Coleman.

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Air Conditioning Reviews

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Easy to work with great service

by George Arechiga
(Arizona/California)

I manage 2 duplex units a total of 4 homes in Arizona and when I need service I call the A/C handyman. He is easy to work with and I don't feel like he is over charging me he has very good rates. And he shows up when he says he will. I really like his service.

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Honest Air Conditioner Repair

by Ethel Duplisea
(Mesa, AZ)

Bradley was recommended to me by a family member. It was one of the best reommendations I have received in some time. A/C Handyman is on time, proffesional and charges a fair price. Thank you Bradley.

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Quick and Excellent Service

by Russ
(Mesa, AZ)

My A/C wasn't blowing cool, so I called at 7:00 am on a Friday. He showed up at 8:30 (when he said he would BTW) the same day! Added freon, and didn't try any hard sell tactics. Would highly recommend his services.

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Delivered on his Promises

by John Birch
(2482 E Waterview Place, Chandler, AZ, 85249, USA)

I saw Bradley's company in a comparison against most all the other Hvac companies in my area... while others sounded good, I was not impressed with what customers wrote about their service and fairness on pricing.... I think Bradley is extremely honest and you really do get pricing that is half of the other HVAC companies... Nice! Bradley is also the owner which I like. Nothing like dealing directly with the person that owns the business that you are buying from!!

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Honest Work!

by Leah Vega
(Gilbert, AZ)

We have two air conditioning units in our home, and every year before the hot weather hits we like to get our air conditioning units serviced to make sure they are working in the most optimum condition. The gentleman that came out to service our units was very courteous and professional. I will definitely be using this company in the future for all of my a/c service needs.

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Fair, Honest, and Responsive

by Les
(Scottsdale, AZ)

I called Brad early sunday AM. By 10:00 AM, the air was cold and I was relieved not to have a ridiculous bill. I have had some bad experiences with AC companies in the past but his timeliness, friendly manner, and fair prices were a huge relief. Brad's my AC guy from now on... thanks Brad!

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Found my AC guy! Thanks

by John Shumway
(Queen Creek, AZ)

I do IT consulting on my own so I thought that there must be smaller companies with hard working honest guys around that do AC work. Google brought up Bradley's web page, and actually read the testimonials and thought I would give him a shot. Bradley came and diagnosed the problem to be a motor, he spent an hour making sure, and returned after obtaining the part and finishing up the other work he had scheduled that day which ended up being 11:00pm to replace it so my family could get some sleep. NO WAY would a large company have come that late, at least not without extreemly heavy fees. Thanks for the fair price and Excellent service!

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Quick and good service!

by Joe Andreyka
(Gold Canyon, AZ, USA)

We got fast service when we needed it, and our a/c problems were solved, and our service rep was courteous and dependable.

Thank you! Joe and Janice Andreyka

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Quick Service!

by Valerie & Don
(Apache Junction, AZ)

Brad had all the parts necessary for fixing our unit quickly. I would highly recommend his services. The charges were very reasonable.

Thank you for your expertise and very Quick Service!

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Excellent Service and Knowledge

by Randall Thompson
(La Habra, CA)

I live in California and own a rental in Mesa, Az. I have used Brad as my A/C guy for a few years now because he is always there when I need him and I feel that he is honest and upfront with all details of the job. He knows A/C repair very well and gets right to the problem. Being from out-of-state I feel vulnerable to unreputable servicemen. I feel lucky to have found Brad.

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Quality Service That is Reliable and Dependable

by Laura Foster
(Phoenix, AZ)

Brad is the AC expert that I rely on for all repairs and questions. In fact, we are buying a new A/C unit through Brad and he will be installing it this month! I recommend him to all of our friends. He is honest, extremely knowledgeable and reliable. He comes when you need him and you can always bank on what he tells you!

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Dependable, Professional Service

by Doug Hersho
(Houston, Texas)

Having a rental property in Gilbert Arizona while living in Houston Texas requires reliable contractors that you can depend on for servicing. A/C Handyman has filled this requirement beyond expectations. One phone call is all it takes and you know that you don't have to worry about constant followup. Bradley will see to it that the problem is analyzed, reported back to you and repaired as required professionally. I highly recommend their service.