Save money on your air conditioning before summer

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — It’s not even summer yet, and Las Vegas is already experiencing temperatures in the 90s. But before you see triple-digit numbers, there’s one major step you should take.

13 Action News presenter Dave Courvoisier spoke to a local expert on saving money on your air conditioning.

Tune in at 6 p.m. to watch Dave’s full report. You can watch on ABC Ch. 13, ktnv.com/live and the KTNV app.

A/C INSPECTION

“Don’t make the same mistake I did,” said owner David Montanaro. He says he learned his lesson the hard way.

Her family really suffered when her air conditioning went out a few years ago in mid-July.

“It was the longest two days of my life. Yeah, that was impossible,” David said.

He now says he always makes sure to have his air conditioner inspected before those hot summer months.

“It’s necessary because the summers here are so brutal,” David said.

“You know, it’s the heat load. We don’t have a lot of humidity in the air. So this dry, dusty, intense heat is absolutely beating on the air conditioners,” said Jeremy Anderson, owner of Express. Home Services.

He says the first thing you should do is change your air filters regularly. It is recommended to do this every three months.

Second, schedule an annual air conditioning tune-up with a licensed professional.

“The the state requires contractors to be licensed. Make sure you are using a licensed contractor. It’s probably the most important thing you can do,” Anderson says.

You can check a company’s HVAC license with the Nevada State Council of Contractors. The information is available free of charge on their website.

A tune-up usually includes a system flush, new refrigerant, and possibly the replacement of some small parts.

PARTS REPLACEMENT

“Typically your components that go out first are your capacitors, your subcontractors, the parts that are designed to fail but protect your major components like your compressors,” Anderson said.

Just keep in mind that you might be waiting a long time for some new parts due to recent supply chain issues.

So whether you want to spend $50-$100 on a typical tune-up, Anderson advises you do.

“It’s definitely worth its weight in gold,” Anderson said.

“Also, it’s really hard to face the customer and say, you know, we’re going to have to spend $15,000,” Dave said.

“That’s exactly it. Nobody wants this bad news,” Anderson said.

As for David, he wants others to learn from his experience and take their air conditioning maintenance seriously.

“It was absolutely, absolutely awful. I wouldn’t want to go through that again…You have to take care of your HVAC system in Las Vegas because you really can’t live without it,” David said.

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