Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

It never fails. On the hottest day of the year, the air conditioner in your home begins 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 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 inside your home. If this process is obstructed 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.

Also, program your thermostat for lengthier run-cycles. While this action won’t prevent problems, it can help lower 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 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 rest on a concrete slab or other platform, giving them a level base of operation. However, over time these can settle or sag, hindering 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 operating as it should. Call to schedule system maintenance review before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. By following these simple tips, 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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