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 starts blowing out warm air or stops operating 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 reduce the likeliness of this happening to you this summer.

Maximize Air Flow

To work properly, your air conditioner needs to pull air through the system, including recirculating air inside your home. If the air flow is blocked in any way, it can result in trouble and repair costs. To ensure your air conditioner has the air flow it needs, make sure to keep space around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes scaling back vegetation and cleaning dirt away from vents.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is an easy addition to help lower your energy expenses and control the temperature of your Edmonton area home. Set your thermostat to be on only when you are actually in your home.

In addition, program your thermostat for extended run-cycles. While this does not necessary prevent problems, it can help bring down the humidity in your Edmonton area home. This can provide 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

Most outdoor A/C units rest on a concrete slab or other platform, giving 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, limiting the performance of the air conditioner. Check 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 functioning well. Call 780-800-9047 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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