Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

Does this sound familiar?. On the hottest day of the year, the air conditioner in your home begins blowing out warm air or stops operating altogether. Along with hundreds of other people in our community, you pick up the phone to call your HVAC specialist, as you and your family brave the heat. Although some A/C problems will require a professional technician, here are a few tips that can be used to reduce the chance of this happening to you this summer.

Maximize Air Flow

A properly operating central air system must be able to pull the air through the unit, including recirculating air inside your home. If this process is obstructed in any way, it can end up translating to money out of pocket for you. To ensure your air conditioner has the air flow it needs, make sure to keep clear the immediate area around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes cutting back vegetation and cleaning dirt away from vents.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is an easy addition to help lower your energy expenses and control the temperature of your Charleston area home. Adjust the temperature of your home to run less when you are at work or school, and automatically increase to a desired temperature when you are actually in the home.

In addition, program your thermostat for lengthier run-cycles. While this does not necessary prevent problems, it can help reduce humidity in your Charleston area home. This can provide a more comfortable environment, plus keep mold spores from developing in your home.

Get Rid of Any Pests

Many bugs and pests are drawn to A/C units, which can be detrimental if they get inside the system. To keep ants and other pests away, use an eco-friendly pesticide around the exterior of the unit with a reasonably wide perimeter of 24 – 36 inches.

Stay Level

The majority of outdoor A/C units rest on a concrete slab or other platform, giving them a level base of operation. However, over time these can settle or sag, impacting the performance of the air conditioner. Keep an eye on your outdoor component to confirm that the base continues to stay level.

Obviously, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are very important to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. Make sure to schedule system maintenance review before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. By following these simple tips, you may be able to decrease the chance of several common A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.

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