Do yourself a favor, check & change your air conditioning filter(s) monthly

I know, I know, I know! This is something you’ve heard a thousand times. Changing the filter in you air conditioning system monthly isn’t some new and exciting message. Every blog and news article you have every read about energy efficiency or “green” homes has told you to change your filters regularly. Every heating & cooling contractor that you have dealt with has delivered the same message. But the fact remains, despite all the efforts to educate, remind, and convince homeowners to complete this simple task, clogged filters remain one of the leading causes for system underperformance and failure. Our company, Hamstra Heating & Cooling in Tucson, Arizona, runs over 250 service calls a week during the summer, and over half of those calls could have been prevented with proper filter changes and regular maintenance. The message is not being received and is costing homeowners big time.

Make a point at the first of every month to pull that old filter out of your system and inspect it. If your system uses standard paper filters or washables, hold it up to the light. If you can’t see a significant amount of light coming through, throw it away and immediately put in a new one. The average filter is less than $10, that’s a small price to pay to keep your system running efficiently and keep it running for a long time.

Want to know the average price of a repair on your heating and cooling system these days? About $300. Want to know the average price to clean a clogged coil due to improper filter maintenance? About $600 if it can be easily accessed, and $750 plus if it requires a difficult removal. How is $10 a month sounding about now? Pretty good huh? It should get even clearer when I tell you that the average full system replacement is going to run you around $8,500, if done properly by a reputable contractor. $10 a month for a filter and a couple hundred bucks a year for a proper tune-up is a drop in the bucket, and I haven’t even discussed the savings you will realize on your electrical bill from regular filter changes. Do yourself a favor, CHECK & CHANGE YOUR FILTER(s) MONTHLY.

Wade Hamstra
GM, Hamstra Heating & Cooling
Tucson, Arizona

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If you’re like me, you’re probably reading this review after you’ve started to have problems. And if you’re like me, you might not have thought too much about your A/C beyond changing the air filters every couple of months… Hamstra was recommended by a friend of a friend that I trust, but I still felt like I do when I take my car to one of those drive-in oil change places and they “highly-recommend” a cabin air filter change with a 1000% mark-up, even though it was changed the week before. Basically, it’s very hard to be a single woman with very little mechanical/technical knowledge. I try to do my research, ask people, read reviews–but I’ve never been so impressed that I felt compelled to write a review. I don’t yet know the outcome of my situation since my A/C is 15 years old (I didn’t know that and I’ve lived here 5 of those years!). But I did want to write to let other people know that there are some decent, honest and knowledgeable professionals out there. Dave Thompson was the Service Tech who came out to check my A/C problem and I have to tell you that he is an outstanding professional who took the time to explain the basics of the problem, the possible solutions and options for repair/replacement. I really hope it doesn’t come to replacement, but I’ll know more in the next couple of days and frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. Dave had taken a picture of my unit’s wiring and it was a mess. Regardless of the final outcome, I felt that Dave was truly one of the most professional, sincere, direct and trustworthy service techs in any field that I’ve encountered. I don’t know about the other service techs, but if you need someone to come diagnose and/or treat your unit, call Hamstra and ask for Dave Thompson. On second thought, call BEFORE you have problems. Believe it or not, my biggest regret is not knowing that HVAC units need to be maintained/inspected every year. 5 years ago, I had a husband who did those things. Judging from Dave, I think this is a solid company that treats both its employees and its customers right. We all know how rare that is these days.
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