There are a lot of home maintenance necessities that require lots of pre-planning and dutiful scheduling. For instance, if you know that the outside of your house is going to need another coat of paint before the end of the year, you probably don’t want to wait until November to do it, let alone in any of the three following months. That is unless you want to struggle with your paint bucket freezing over moments after cracking the lid open. But the snow and frosty outdoor surfaces would hopefully deter you before even getting anywhere close to opening a can of paint in the middle of winter while outside. Likewise, if you know you haven’t had a service appointment on your air conditioner in awhile, your best bet is to get it done ahead of summer to beat the rush and the increase in prices. No matter where you live, air conditioners of all kinds are used more often in the summer months than at any other time of the year. This spike is AC usage also means more breaks, repairs, and full system replacements. The HVAC suppliers are taxed with more clients so their availability is vastly reduced and the price of even normal services like basic maintenance calls increase noticeably. I decided to beat the summer rush this year and get my air conditioner serviced in mid April, weeks ahead of the first summer heat waves. It’s a good thing I scheduled my service appointment when I did because I ended up needing to replace my entire condenser outside. If I had tried to do this in mid July, I might have been stuck for a week or two without air conditioning while waiting on my HVAC supplier to return with the appropriate part ready to do the repair.