Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

It never fails. Louisville is experiencing record heat and the air conditioner in your home begins blowing out warm air or stops working 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 some A/C issues absolutely require a professional to service them, here are a few tips that can be used to decrease the possibility of this happening to you this summer.

Max-Out the 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 the air flow is blocked in any way, it can cause problems in your unit. To assure you have the manufacturer suggested air flow, make sure to keep clear the immediate area around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes trimming 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 Louisville area home. Set your thermostat to be on only when you are actually in your home.

Another tip is to program your thermostat for extended run-cycles. While this action won’t prevent problems, it can help reduce humidity in your Louisville area home. This can give you a more comfortable environment, in addition to keep mold spores from thriving in your home.

Get Rid of Any Pests

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 base of the unit to keep them from “bugging” your air conditioner.

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, hindering the performance of the air conditioner. Check on your outdoor component to ensure that the base continues to stay level.

Of course, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are pretty important to keep your air conditioner operating as it should. Call 502-785-8230 to schedule system maintenance review 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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