Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

It never fails. A heat wave is covering the Mobile area and the air conditioner in your home begins blowing out warm air or stops working altogether. Along with hundreds of other people in our community, you reach for the phone to call your HVAC specialist, as you and your family brave the heat. While not all A/C problems can be prevented, here are a few tips that can be used to decrease the likeliness of this happening to you this summer.

Max-Out the Air Flow

A properly operating central air system must be able to pull the air through the unit, including recirculating air throughout the rooms of your home. If Air blockage or obstruction of any kind can cause problems in your unit. To guarantee great air flow, make sure to keep space around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes cutting back vegetation and cleaning dirt away from vents.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Controlling the consumption of your indoor energy use is simple with a programmable thermostat. Set your thermostat to be on only when you are actually in your home.

Another tip is to program your thermostat for lengthier run-cycles. While this does not necessary prevent problems, it can help lower humidity in your Mobile area home. This can offer a more comfortable environment, in addition to keep mold spores from developing in your home.

Keep Pests at Bay

For some reason certain bugs and pests are attracted to air conditioning units, which can be harmful if they get inside the system. To keep ants and other pests away, use an eco-friendly pesticide around the base 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, allowing them a level base of operation. However, the weight of the unit and ground moisture can cause your unit’s platform to sag or sink, impacting the performance of the air conditioner. Every now and then, look at your outdoor component to ensure that the base continues to stay level.

Naturally, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are very important to keep your air conditioner functioning well. Make sure to schedule a check up before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. Keeping these tips in mind, 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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