Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

You’ve probably experienced this one. A heat wave is covering the Alliance area and the air conditioner in your home starts blowing out warm air or stops operating altogether. Along with hundreds of other people in our town, 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 chance 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 from within your home. If the air flow is blocked in any way, it can cause problems in your unit. To guarantee great air flow, 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

Controlling the consumption of your indoor energy use is simple with a programmable thermostat. 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.

Also, program your thermostat for longer run-cycles. While this action won’t prevent problems, it can help reduce humidity in your Alliance area home. This can give you a more comfortable environment, plus keep mold spores from growing in your home.

Get Rid of Any Pests

Some bugs and pests are attracted to central air 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 and check on it regularly throughout the summer.

Stay Level

The majority of outdoor A/C units are positioned on a concrete slab or other platform, permitting 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. 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 also important to keep your air conditioner operating as it should. Make sure 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 avoid A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.