Keeping Your Cool: Expert Advice for Air Conditioning Maintenance


When the summer heat waves strike, having a reliable and well-maintained air conditioning system is essential for maintaining a comfortable living or working environment. At Harley’s Heating & Air, we understand the importance of keeping your cool, which is why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you get the most out of your AC unit.

Regular Maintenance is Key

Just like any other mechanical system, your air conditioner requires regular maintenance to operate efficiently and prolong its lifespan. We recommend scheduling professional AC maintenance at least once a year, ideally before the start of the cooling season. During these visits, our certified technicians will:

  • Clean or replace air filters
  • Inspect and clean the condenser coils
  • Check refrigerant levels and recharge if necessary
  • Lubricate moving parts
  • Inspect electrical components and connections

DIY Maintenance Tips

In addition to professional maintenance, there are several DIY tasks you can perform to keep your AC running smoothly:

  1. Change or clean air filters regularly (every 1-3 months)
  2. Keep the outdoor unit clear of debris, leaves, and vegetation
  3. Ensure proper airflow by checking and cleaning vents and returns
  4. Use a programmable thermostat to reduce energy consumption
  5. Consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient unit if yours is over 10 years old

When to Call a Professional

While some minor issues can be addressed through DIY maintenance, there are certain situations where it’s best to call in a professional AC repair service:

  • Unusual noises or vibrations
  • Leaks or moisture around the unit
  • Insufficient cooling or warm air blowing
  • Electrical issues or tripped circuit breakers

Attempting to repair complex AC issues yourself can be dangerous and may cause further damage. Trust the experts at Harley’s Heating & Air to diagnose and fix the problem quickly and efficiently.


Proper air conditioning maintenance is crucial for ensuring your comfort and minimizing energy costs during the hot summer months. By following the tips outlined in this guide and scheduling regular professional service, you can extend the lifespan of your AC unit and enjoy reliable cooling for years to come.