Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

You’ve probably experienced this one. On the hottest day of the year, the air conditioner in your home starts blowing out warm air or stops running completely. Along with hundreds of other people in our community, you pick up the phone to call your HVAC specialist, and suffer with the heat until they arrive. Although some A/C problems will require a professional technician, here are a few tips that can be used to minimize the likeliness of this happening to you this summer.

Maximize Air Flow

For the A/C system to work correctly, you need to ensure the air is pulling through properly, including recirculating air throughout the rooms of your home. If Air blockage or obstruction of any kind can end up translating to money out of pocket for you. To guarantee great air flow, make sure to keep space around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes trimming 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. 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.

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

Get Rid of Any Pests

For some reason certain bugs and pests are attracted to air conditioning 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 foundation of the unit with a reasonably wide perimeter of 24 – 36 inches.

Stay Level

Most outdoor A/C units are situated on a concrete slab or other platform, permitting them a level base of operation. However, over time these can settle or sag, hindering 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 pretty important to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. Try to schedule system maintenance review before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. Following these suggestions, you may be able to minimize A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.

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