3 Top Tips to Avoid Getting Burned with Your AC This Summer

Summer officially kicks off this week and AC units are already working overtime. Here are tips to consider so you don’t lose your cool or your money.


According to the National Weather Service, most of the country may see a long, hot summer with above normal temperatures – putting air conditioners under some serious pressure. Calls for service often increase as the summer goes on and unscrupulous contractors may take advantage of people who are not HVAC experts. So, Hawthorne Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers these three top tips to keep in mind, so you don’t pay for something you may not need.

  1. New Lubricants and Sealants - Some companies are offering lubricants or refrigerant sealant to improve your system performance. These offers typically come with inflated claims and extra cost. As your system was engineered to run at factory standards, ask your contractor to restore and maintain your system as it was designed, without the extra bells and whistles.
  2. Freon - If you have a technician tell you that your system needs Freon, it could be a warning sign. AC units don’t need Freon, unless it was short charged to start with or you have a leak. If Freon is leaking from your system, your efficiency is deteriorating and your energy costs are escalating. As leaks only get worse over time, you should ask the contractor to validate the leak and fix it. A Freon recharge alone will not solve your problem.
  3. Deep Discounts for AC Tune-Ups - A trusted and trained technician can clean and inspect your unit, coils and drain pans as well as make sure your unit is operating at peak efficiency. In fact, getting a tune-up of your AC system at the start of summer is a great idea as properly performed maintenance can extend the life of your system and help reduce the frequency and severity of repairs. However, companies that offer deep discounts for this service may be short changing you.

Talk to a local expert about AC trends and tips for the summer – contact Hawthorne Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today!