Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

It never fails. On the hottest day of the year, the air conditioner in your home begins blowing out warm air or stops running altogether. Along with hundreds of other people in our town, you pick up the phone to call your HVAC specialist, and suffer with the heat until they arrive. While some A/C issues absolutely require a professional to service them, here are a few tips that can be used to decrease the likeliness of this happening to you this summer.

Ensure Maximum Air Flow

For the A/C system to work correctly, you need to ensure the air is pulling through properly, including recirculating air inside your home. If the air flow is blocked in any way, it can result in trouble and repair costs. 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

Beyond helping reduce energy costs by regulating your home’s temperature, programmable thermostats can also help minimize impact on your system. 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 bring down the humidity in your Jackson area home. This can provide a more comfortable environment, plus keep mold spores from thriving in your home.

Keep Pests at Bay

Many bugs and pests are drawn to A/C units, which can be damaging if they get inside the system. To keep ants and other pests away, use an eco-friendly pesticide around the base of the unit to keep them from “bugging” your air conditioner.

Stay Level

Nearly all outdoor A/C units are placed on a concrete slab or other platform, allowing them a level base of operation. However, just like a home’s foundation, your A/C’s platform can also sink or settle into the ground, hindering the performance of the air conditioner. Check on your outdoor component to ensure that the base continues to stay level.

Of course, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are also important to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. 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 avoid A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.

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