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 working completely. Along with hundreds of other people in our community, you reach for the phone to call your HVAC specialist, and wait out the heat until relief arrives. While some A/C issues absolutely require a professional to service them, here are a few tips that can be used to reduce the likeliness of this happening to you this summer.

Max-Out the Air Flow

For the A/C system to work correctly, you need to ensure the air is pulling through properly, including recirculating air inside your home. If Air blockage or obstruction of any kind can cause problems in your unit. To assure you have the manufacturer suggested air flow, make sure to keep the area clear 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. Program your air conditioner for warmer temperatures when the home is empty or at night when it cools down outside.

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

Get Rid of Any Pests

For some reason certain bugs and pests are attracted to air conditioning 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 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, allowing 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 make sure that the base continues to stay level.

Of course, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are also important to keep your air conditioner operating as it should. Try to schedule a check up before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. Keeping these tips in mind, you may be able to decrease the chance of several common A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.

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