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Maintaining air conditioners can save consumers money in the long run

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Jennifer Bradt's children play in their backyard pool, the only relief from the hot temperatures.

Bradt just got the news Tuesday from Crisafulli Brothers Plumbing and Heating Contractors that her home's central air conditioning system will need to be replaced.

"I've got two little boys who are constantly running around, so it's hard to get them to slow down and try to cool," says Bradt.  "With no A/C, it's impossible."

Bradt and her family bought their Glenmont home two years ago, but their central air unit is 23-years-old.

"You never know what you're going to get," says Bradt.  "This is the second issue.  We had a furnace issue a couple of years ago and now the A/C.

"If you never change the oil in your car, chances are, you're going to have a substantial problem down the road," adds Alan Ayers, the general manager of Crisafulli Brothers.  "It's the same thing with your home comfort system."

Ayers said Bradt inherited a costly problem that can be prevented.  Ayers says $100 will get you a yearly clean-up and maintenance of your air conditioning system, as opposed to having to buy a brand new one, which will cost anywhere between $3,000 and $10,000.

"You can probably prolong the life of your equipment by 30 or 40 percent if you keep on top of it every year," says Ayers.

Senior technician Mike Snedeker says the Bradt's air conditioning system could potentially make it the rest of the summer, but it's not a guarantee -- the system is already tripping the breaker and shutting off.

Bradt says she will not repeat the previous homeowner's mistake.

"Just keep up with the maintenance, as best as you can," says Bradt.

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