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How to prepare for the Coachella Valley heat

As we head into a hot summer, local heating, ventilation and air conditioning experts want you to know that planning early could help you avoid supply-chain issue delays.

We were able to speak to experts to hear their tips and best practices when it come to maintaining your air and cooling systems.

News Channel 3 went along with HVAC experts on a service visit. They stressed the importance of tackling any problems you may have regarding your AC system in the Spring, instead of waiting for the summer when companies tend to be booked.

Service Technician, Arturo Calderon, tells News Channel 3, "It's real busy to the point where people are having to wait maybe a week until we can get out there. It's not something you want to do, wait a week without AC.” 

The most common problems tend to come from an older system's leaking refrigerant.

Anthem Mechanical General Manager, Andrew Aronson, tells News Channel 3 what signs to look out for, "If there's warm air coming out of your vents, it's not as cold as it normally would be, or there's no air coming out at all.” 

It's also better to plan ahead when it comes to maintenance because of the ongoing supply shortages, "The last thing you want as a homeowner is to you know, be without an AC for a week to two weeks because the part’s not available," says Aronson.

Some older refrigerants are rated as an R22, that is no longer manufactured.

These air cooling systems can require extra maintenance. Aronson tells us the benefits of replacing them altogether, "It's better to do it now before your AC is out and while your price is locked in rather than wait later when you know you could be without AC for anywhere from a couple of days up to weeks."

A simple maintenance check can help catch problems early, saving customers a costly repair in the long run.

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Bianca Ventura

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