Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

Does this sound familiar?. A heat wave is covering the Rochester area and the air conditioner in your home is blowing out warm air or stops operating altogether. Along with hundreds of other people in our city, you grab 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 lower the likeliness 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 result in trouble and repair costs. To guarantee great air flow, make sure to keep space around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes cutting 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. Set your thermostat to be on only when you are actually in your home.

In addition, program your thermostat for longer run-cycles. We are not suggesting that this will prevent problems, it can help bring down the humidity in your Rochester area home. This can offer 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 foundation of the unit with a reasonably wide perimeter of 24 – 36 inches.

Stay Level

The majority of outdoor A/C units are positioned 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.

Naturally, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are very important to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. Call 603-923-4570 to schedule a check up 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 minimize A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.

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