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3 Easy Things You Can Do To Keep Your AC In Perfect Working Order

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How to Service Your Air Conditioner

Ah, spring. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and it’s finally getting nice & warm outside! The time has come to switch your HVAC system over from heating to cooling. Since your AC has been lying dormant through the cold winter months, turning it back on could prove problematic if the proper precautions haven’t been taken.

What are those precautions, you ask? HVAC maintenance, of course! Here at Doug’s, we recommend you have a professional HVAC technician come perform a spring tune-up before using your air conditioning, but there are things you can do yourself to ensure that your AC system works as it should.


Change your air filters.


When your filters get dirty and clog, they restrict airflow in your home, forcing your HVAC system to work harder to deliver the same amount of comfort. Changing your dirty air filters will increase your airflow and decrease the amount of work your air conditioner is doing, helping to prevent breakdowns from increased wear and tear.

This simple task is really easy to do, but it’s also really easy to forget. Make sure to set a calendar reminder to change your filters every 30-90 days, or sign up for a convenient filter delivery service.


Clean up the area around your HVAC unit.


Much like dirty filters compromise airflow, dirt, sticks, weeds and other debris around your air conditioning unit can also have a negative impact on airflow. To ensure your outdoor compressor has the airflow it needs to work at peak efficiency, make sure to maintain about three feet of open space around your HVAC unit at all times.


Clean the condenser coils.


If the outside of your HVAC unit is dirty, so is the inside. Dirty coils will not work efficiently and are significantly more likely to malfunction, leaving you without cool air during the heat of summer. You can give the condenser coils a basic cleaning by turning off the power supply to the unit by flipping the breaker, then opening the unit up and rinsing out the inside with a garden hose.

Note: You should only do this if you’re comfortable opening the unit by yourself. If you’re worried about your ability to safely open the unit and clean the condenser coils, call Doug’s to have one of our professionals perform a full HVAC maintenance instead.

Ready To Get Your AC Ready For Summer?

If you want to get the most out of your home comfort systems, you need to be sure they’re getting the regular preventive maintenance they need. With spring in the air, your air conditioner needs to be tuned up and prepared for summer. Following these three DIY HVAC maintenance tips will go a long way toward preparing your AC for the heat of summer.

Keep your AC running efficiently by calling Doug’s for all your AC Maintenance and Repair needs at (985) 222-2913 or filling out our contact us form.

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Kendra Clements
Kendra Clements
20:08 22 Jun 21
The guys that serviced our old unit and installed our new ac system were great! The new system is so quiet and our house feels amazing now! I recommend them to anyone thats needs any ac services.
alicia knight
alicia knight
17:42 22 Jun 21
I was referred to Doug's by a friend, I was greeted on the phone by a very friendly receptionist who took all my info, all that was great. The problem is our technician who came to service my rental property. He was full of attitude, and not professional what so ever according to the tenant. He acted like he was inconvenienced to be making the service call. He called us with the recommendation and pricing, and when we said we would take care of the minor maintenance ourselves, he told our tenant "good luck, because we don't want to spend the money". Hopefully this technician, Samuel, isn't a reflection of Doug's. We all have jobs to do, and if you don't like your job, find a new one! I also left a message for the supervisor to give me a call back yesterday as soon as I found about this information, and have yet to receive a call back.
Lawrence J Mango-Kraemer
Lawrence J Mango-Kraemer
19:55 07 Jun 21
Just recently moved to Louisiana and I bought a gas stove. Unfortunately, the old owners had an electric one and I don’t know how to change electric outlets or gas line/valve stuff. So, to make a long story short the home is older and has fuses and breakers. So, for my own safety and comfort I contacted them. They were very responsive and were able to get me in the same day! When I googled an electrician Doug’s was the first one to pop up. I’m so glad that him and a team member came to my home and installed two new outlets with correct wiring for the gas stove and switched out the gas valve and knew where the shut off was. So, now I can go to sleep knowing it was done correctly and will not have any issues! So, thank you Doug’s!!!! I will definitely use them again if needed!
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