On those hot summer days, the last thing you want to return home to after a long day at work is a warm home. Discovering your AC has broken down and now you have to call for emergency air conditioning repair service is not how you planned to spend your evening. The best ways to avoid unexpected AC failure are by using the following great tips!
- Schedule an annual “tune-up” for your AC unit. Preventive maintenance and a “tune-up” of your AC unit ensure everything is working correctly. It also helps to identify potential problems and have them fixed before they become major repairs.
- Inspect the air filter on your AC system monthly and change it frequently. It is a good idea to get into the habit of inspecting the air filter monthly. If it looks dirty, go ahead and change it, even it if is prior to the normal length of time the filter said it would last.
- TIP: An air filter’s expected usage period is based on normal operating conditions. If your home is dusty or you have air vent leaks or pets, you may need to change your air filter more often. So, even though it says it is good for 90 days, you may need to change it every 45 to 60 days instead.
- Have a new digital programmable thermostat installed. These types of thermostats allow you to program different settings for various times of day. For instance, during the day while you are work, set the thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit so your AC unit doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the home cool during the hottest times of the day. Then you could have it automatically lower itself shortly before you get home so you can arrive to a cool home.
- Keep blinds and curtains closed on windows that get direct sunlight. When blinds and curtains are open to allow sunlight in, you are also allowing heat into the home. Rooms which get direct sunlight can quickly heat up and cause your AC to run more often, which places added strain and wear and tear on the system.
- Have air leaks If your home gets dusty quickly, you probably have air leaks in your air ducts that need to be sealed. Sealing these and other types of air leaks, like around doors and windows, helps prevent your AC from running as often so it doesn’t have to work as hard at cooling your home.
- Have the outdoor unit cleaned by your AC technician at least annually. The outdoor unit needs to be cleaned in order to keep it working correctly. There are small fins and vents that can get clogged and can cause the unit to overheat. Many people have their outdoor unit cleaned in the spring prior to using it for the first time.
By using these tips, you can avoid unexpected and emergency AC repairs all summer long. To schedule preventive maintenance or to have your outdoor unit cleaned, please feel free to call A+ Services at 360-464-2493 today!