The Importance of Keeping Your Rental’s A/C Unit Serviced
With average high temperatures hovering around 100 degrees Fahrenheit throughout Tucson throughout June, July, and August—air conditioning units are hard at work all summer long. And while a properly maintained air conditioning system can last anywhere from 15-20 years before needing replacement, a cooling system without regular care and maintenance may run into expensive problems. Fortunately, there are some maintenance tips that both landlords and residents can keep in mind to keep a rental home’s cooling equipment running smoothly for years to come.
A/C Unit Maintenance For Landlords
At the very least, landlords who own a Tucson rental home should be scheduling an annual A/C inspection and tune-up with a reputable HVAC company. These inspections typically only cost a couple of hundred dollars and are a great way to stay on top of any minor repairs that may need to be done before they turn into more costly problems. An annual A/C tune-up will also include things like lubricating small parts and cleaning dust/debris from the unit to keep it running smoothly.
In addition to annual inspections and tune-ups, Tucson rental homeowners should be mindful of landscaping that may be growing around the outdoor A/C condenser unit. If landscaping is the landlord’s responsibility, it is important that shrubs, plants, and grass be kept trimmed back and away from the condenser itself. Otherwise, airflow could be restricted, which can lead to premature wear and tear.
A/C Unit Maintenance for Tenants
If landscaping and yard care falls under the tenant’s responsibility within the lease agreement, renters should be reminded to keep grass and plants trimmed away from outdoor cooling equipment as well. Meanwhile, tenants should also be responsible for changing out air filters on the air conditioning unit as needed. Typically, these filters should be replaced at least once every three months. A clean filter not only ensures the best possible indoor air quality for tenants but keeps the unit running more smoothly and efficiently in the process. You might even consider providing tenants with free replacement filters as a courtesy, which will increase your tenants’ chances of following your request.
How Bancroft & Associates Can Help
Maintaining an A/C unit at your Tucson area rental can save you a lot of money in unnecessary repair bills and avoid premature replacement. Meanwhile, your tenants will appreciate having access to a quality A/C unit that keeps them cool and comfortable even on the hottest days of summer here in Tucson.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with maintenance at your rental property? Bancroft & Associates is here to help, offering more than 44 years of property management experience. Let us put our expertise to work for you by helping you maintain all aspects of your property. From screening tenant applications and handling rent collection to keeping your A/C unit cared for and everything in between, we truly do it all. Contact our team at Bancroft & Associates today to find out more about all that our property management company has to offer. We look forward to working with you!