KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The hum of a working air conditioning unit is music to the ears of anyone who knows what it's like to be without it.
Anthony Plumbing, Heating and Cooling has been plenty busy with calls from people saying their A/C isn't cool enough -- or just not working at all.
To keep that from happening to you, technician Kevin Bailey has just one word.
"Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance. I can't stress that enough," said Bailey. "Just have continual maintenance done. Change the filters. Dirt is one of the number one causes of problems with these units.
Bailey said you should have your cooling and heating system looked at every time the seasons change.
Although dirt might be the number one reason for A/C units to not work, it's not the only thing technicians find inside the units during repairs.
"Sometimes we find dead mice in there. Nests. I was on a unit earlier that had about two inches build up from chipmunks and whatever other rodents got inside the unit."
Taking Bailey's advice could you save you money in the long run. His service call range anywhere from $50 to more than $1,000.
If you want to get to the front of the line? Consider a service plan. They wait less than those who don't, Bailey said.