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With daytime temperatures already reaching the upper 70s, you may have already switched on your air conditioner for the first time in 2017. Whether you’re waiting for the official arrival of spring or you’ve already fired up your system for the year, now is a good time to start thinking about getting your AC ready for spring.

Here in southern California, our air conditioners get a LOT of use, so it’s important to take care of them to ensure that they won’t break down at the most inopportune time. Here are a few simple spring air conditioner maintenance tips to make sure your cooling system is ready for warmer weather.



In order for your cooling system to function properly, the outdoor unit needs to be free from debris, such as vegetation, trash, etc. The outdoor unit contains coils that are designed to transfer heat, and debris prevents them from working properly.

Also, if you installed a cover or lid to protect the outdoor unit during the winter months, be sure to remove it before turning your system on for the first time this year.


We simply can’t overstate how important regular filter changes are. Most systems have filters that need to be replaced every 6 months, and we recommend replacing yours in the spring and fall each year. New filters ensure that your air conditioner is circulating clean, fresh air throughout your home. Dirty filters decrease efficiency, force your system to work harder to cool your home and circulate pollutants inside your home.


One of the best ways to avoid a breakdown this summer is to schedule air conditioner maintenance now. Your cooling system is made up of numerous components, all of which can start to break down over time. By investing in some maintenance before you run into serious trouble, you can address them and, in many cases, prevent total system failure.

If you are in need of AC maintenance in Torrance or the surrounding areas, please contact Carter Services today by calling (310) 872-1898.

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