It’s not too early to get your A/C in shape

Servicing your air conditioning system is a lot like getting an oil change or tune up for your car. Sure, it’s an expense—but it’s still cheaper than waiting until it breaks down to call a technician.

And you’ll sweat a lot less when you pay the $100 or so for a visit to have your heating system inspected by a professional than you will in the middle of July when the unit breaks down.

Plus, you won’t have to worry about the unit’s making it through another season because the tech can spot and resolve small problems before they become big ones.  

Some contractors offer an annual preventive maintenance agreement, which will cost a few hundred dollars a year and typically includes a fall inspection of your heating system and a spring once-over for your air conditioner. Some plans also come with discounts on repairs and equipment. A better deal most often is to pay as you go for individual inspections.

But paying a pro to maintain your heating and cooling system is worth the money. Qualified, licensed service technicians are trained to spot problems that most homeowners overlook. Schedule the appointment before the season begins so there is time to order any replacement parts.