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 is blowing out warm air or stops running completely. Along with hundreds of other people in our city, you reach for the phone to call your HVAC specialist, and wait out the heat until relief arrives. 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.

Maximize 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 Air blockage or obstruction of any kind can cause problems in your unit. To ensure your air conditioner has the air flow it needs, make sure to keep clear the immediate area around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes scaling 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 Richmond area home. Adjust the temperature of your home to run less when you are at work or school, and automatically increase to a desired temperature when you are actually in the home.

In addition, program your thermostat for lengthier run-cycles. We are not suggesting that this will prevent problems, it can help bring down the humidity in your Richmond area home. This can provide a more comfortable environment, plus keep mold spores from thriving in your home.

Watch Out for Those Pests

Many bugs and pests are drawn to A/C units, which can be damaging if they get inside the system. To keep ants and other pests away, use an eco-friendly pesticide around the base of the unit and check on it regularly throughout the summer.

Stay Level

Most outdoor A/C units are situated on a concrete slab or other platform, giving them a level base of operation. However, the weight of the unit and ground moisture can cause your unit’s platform to sag or sink, impacting the performance of the air conditioner. Keep an eye on your outdoor component to make sure that the base continues to stay level.

Naturally, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are also important to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. Try to schedule annual maintenance service before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. Following these suggestions, you may be able to minimize A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.

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