Air Conditioning Tune-ups and Maintenance

Like any mechanical system, having your HVAC system routinely serviced will pay dividends in the long run.

AC Filters

Keeping the dust and dirt out is critical to your AC system’s ability to work effectively.

Clean filters allow your air conditioner to run more efficiently, which can save you money on energy bills and help you avoid a costly repairs or replacement. Plus, a clean filter promotes a cleaner living environment by improving your home’s air quality.

You’ll want to replace your air conditioning filters or clean reusable filters at least four times a year and as often as every month during high usage times. Remember, with AC filters you get what you pay for, so make sure that you purchase one that will provide you the most benefits.

There are a number of common filter options available:

  • Disposable fiberglass filters are the least expensive—and also the least effective—designed to block only large dust particles. However, smaller particles such as pollen and mold can pass right through.
  • Washable "electrostatic" filters have a static charge that attracts dust, dirt and other matter. These filters are slightly more effective than disposable but still do not block the smaller particles.
  • Pleated "allergy" filters use a much denser mesh material to trap and eliminate large allergens like pollen and mold—most are 35 to 50% efficient.
  • Electronic air cleaners create an ionized electrical field that "magnetizes" pollutant particles, eliminating virtually all pollen and mold spores, up to 94% of smaller particles and up to 80% of airborne viruses.
  • HEPA furnace filters are the "gold standard." These filters are used in commercial applications like hospitals and electronics manufacturing where clean air is vital.

To find out the right air conditioning filter for your HVAC system, schedule an appointment with ARS®/Rescue Rooter® today by calling 866-399-2885.

AC Tune-ups

We are sometimes asked, "Is an AC tune up necessary?"  Your cooling and heating system is a major investment for your home and your comfort. After years of experience, we strongly recommend having your air conditioning system inspected and preventative maintenance performed each season to keep your system running right all year round.

What's included in an AC tune-up?  A complete ARS®/Rescue Rooter® AC tune-up includes all these services for one low price:

  • Inspect coolant levels and pressure—to ensure your system runs at peak efficiency
  • Calibrate thermostat(s) and check proper cycle and temperature—to improve comfort and control
  • Inspect and tighten wiring, contacts, capacitors and relays—to avoid expensive repairs
  • Ensure the evaporator coil is clean
  • Ensure the condensate drain is clear
  • Inspect and clean the condenser
  • Inspect the outdoor disconnect
  • Inspect the condenser fan motor and blades; lubricate if needed
  • Check compressor amps at startup
  • Plus more safety and efficiency checks

Upon completion, your service technician will present an AC Tune-Up Checklist and share any recommendations and potential concerns about your air conditioning system.

Protect your HVAC investment with regular heating and air conditioner maintenance under our Home Service Plan.

Contact your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® to schedule an appointment today by calling 866-399-2885 to learn just how affordable it is to properly maintain your AC system.


Regular air conditioner maintenance can pay big dividends in improved system performance and reduced energy costs. It can also help to extend the life of your system parts and equipment, as well as help to prevent costly and inconvenient breakdowns.

The easiest way to make sure that your home AC maintenance is done correctly is to have it performed regularly by a qualified air conditioning specialist.

In between professional tune-ups, here are some things that you can do.

  • Always be sure to disconnect electricity to the unit before starting any work
  • Keep the outside condensing unit clear of leaves, sticks and debris
  • With electricity turned off, rinse the compressor using a garden hose
  • Change or clean the AC filters according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Check the fan belt tension and inspect hose connections for leaks and cracks

Your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® specialist will be happy to share more tips for maintenance and answer any questions you have.

Home Service Plans

The best way to avoid potentially expensive surprises like no A/C in July or no heat in January is with preventative maintenance.  We will clean and completely tune all your HVAC systems to ensure they’re operating reliably and efficiently.

Benefits of preventative maintenance:

  • Improves system performance
  • Increases energy efficiency
  • Extends equipment lifespan
  • Helps prevent inconvenient and costly breakdowns
  • Maintains system's safe operation

Home Service Plans include:

  • Preferred pricing on heating and AC service, repair and installation
  • One-year warranty on repair parts and labor
  • Flexible payment plans—pay annually or monthly by credit/debit card*
  • National flexibility—move anywhere within our service area and continue to utilize our services for your new home.
  • Priority emergency service**
  • Two seasonal heating & air conditioning service tune-ups

Call 866-399-2885 to contact your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® representative to begin your Home Service Plan protection today.

Cooling Tips

You don’t have to suffer with a hot, humid home during those summer months. Taking simple steps can often help you reduce your energy bills and your carbon footprint and achieve maximum comfort.

Cool off. The easiest way to cool your home is to keep it from heating up.

  • Landscape your yard to shade your house.
  • Use a light-colored material to help it reflect heat when, and if, you are replacing your roof.
  • Insulate your house to at least the recommended levels to help keep out the heat, and consider using a radiant barrier.
  • Close all the windows and exterior doors on hot days.
  • Install window shades or other window treatments and close the shades.
  • Shades will help block out not only direct sunlight, but also radiated heat from the outdoors.
  • Avoid using the oven on hot days; cook on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • Avoid activities during the day that generate a lot of heat, such as washing laundry, running a dishwasher, and using hot devices such as hair dryers.

Program Your Thermostat. Simply turning your thermostat up 10°–15° for eight hours can potentially save on your heating and cooling bills. You can do this automatically by installing a programmable thermostat.

Tune-up Your System. A tuned-up system will run more efficiently,  last longer, and possibly lower your energy costs.

High-efficiency AC. If your air conditioner system is older, you might be able to reduce your energy use by 20%–50%* by switching to a high-efficiency air conditioner.

Call 866-399-2885 to contact your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® professional to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits of replacing your system and for more green home energy solutions.


We are committed to helping minimize your downtime. Our professional technicians arrive promptly, diagnose the problem quickly and get your problem fixed right the first time. And we're here 24/7 in case of an emergency, including nights, weekends and holidays.

Our commercial account representatives and technicians will also consult with you to design an ongoing plan to ensure your heating and air conditioning systems operate smoothly.

Our Commercial HVAC Services* include:

  • Commercial AC & heating repair and replacement of units up to 25 tons
  • Duct repair and replacement
  • Thermostat installation and repair
  • Indoor air-quality solutions
  • Expert assistance
  • Most comprehensive warranty program in the industry
  • Priority scheduling at your convenience
  • 24/7 emergency service
  • Free commercial estimates
  • Preventative maintenance plans customized for your business
  • Licensed heating and air conditioning professionals with extensive background checks

Call 866-399-2885 to contact your local ARS®/Rescue Rooter® for all of your commercial HVAC repair and services.