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It's time to crank the AC in Michiana

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Tuesday was the perfect day for cranking up the air conditioner.

Great Lakes Heating and Air Conditioning says there are basic maintenance needs to keep an eye on if you want your AC working when you need it most.

Service technician, James Olsen says the first thing to check regularly is your furnace filter. The best way to tell if your filter needs changing, is to hold it against a light and see how much can still shine through. He also says it's important to clean off the outside unit.

Olsen also suggests checking your unit BEFORE you need it. "Turn the air conditioner on the first time that it starts to get warm out, even though you may not be ready to run the air conditioner and just give it a test run to start the year so that the first 90 degree day you're not surprised when the air conditioner doesn't come on and you and half of South Bend is also wanting service that same day."

Olsen recommends that you have a technician check on your cooling and heating unit once per year.

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