Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

You’ve probably experienced this one. A heat wave is covering the Elkhart area and the air conditioner in your home begins blowing out warm air or stops operating altogether. Along with hundreds of other people in our community, you grab the phone to call your HVAC specialist, as you and your family brave the heat. Although some A/C problems will require a professional technician, here are a few tips that can be used to minimize the possibility 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 throughout the rooms of your home. If the air flow is blocked in any way, it can end up translating to money out of pocket for you. To ensure your air conditioner has the air flow it needs, make sure to keep the area clear around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes scaling back vegetation and cleaning dirt away from vents.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Controlling the consumption of your indoor energy use is simple with a programmable thermostat. 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 extended run-cycles. While this does not necessary prevent problems, it can help bring down the humidity in your Elkhart area home. This can provide a more comfortable environment, as well as keep mold spores from growing in your home.

Keep Pests at Bay

Some bugs and pests are attracted to central air 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 exterior of the unit with a reasonably wide perimeter of 24 – 36 inches.

Stay Level

Nearly all outdoor A/C units are placed on a concrete slab or other platform, permitting them a level base of operation. However, over time these can settle or sag, impacting the performance of the air conditioner. Keep an eye on your outdoor component to confirm that the base continues to stay level.

Naturally, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are very important to keep your air conditioner functioning well. Try to schedule annual maintenance service 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 avoid A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.

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