Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

Does this sound familiar?. On the hottest day of the year, the air conditioner in your home begins blowing out warm air or stops working entirely. Along with hundreds of other people in our town, you grab the phone to call your HVAC specialist, and wait out the heat until relief arrives. Although some A/C problems will require a professional technician, here are a few tips that can be used to decrease the likeliness of this happening to you this summer.

Maximize Air Flow

A properly operating central air system must be able to pull the air through the unit, including recirculating air from within your home. If this process is obstructed in any way, it can result in trouble and repair costs. To guarantee great air flow, make sure to keep the area clear 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.

In addition, program your thermostat for lengthier run-cycles. While this does not necessary prevent problems, it can help bring down the humidity in your Edmonton area home. This can offer a more comfortable environment, plus keep mold spores from developing in your home.

Keep Pests at Bay

Many bugs and pests are drawn to A/C 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 foundation 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, giving them a level base of operation. However, over time these can settle or sag, limiting the performance of the air conditioner. Keep an eye on your outdoor component to ensure that the base continues to stay level.

Obviously, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are pretty important to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. 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.

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