Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

You’ve probably experienced this one. A heat wave is covering the Dayton area and the air conditioner in your home begins blowing out warm air or stops working completely. Along with hundreds of other people in our town, you pick up the phone to call your HVAC specialist, and wait out the heat until relief arrives. While some A/C issues absolutely require a professional to service them, here are a few tips that can be used to decrease the chance 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 result in trouble and repair costs. To assure you have the manufacturer suggested air flow, make sure to keep the area clear around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes cutting 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 longer run-cycles. We are not suggesting that this will prevent problems, it can help reduce humidity in your Dayton area home. This can provide a more comfortable environment, in addition to keep mold spores from developing in your home.

Get Rid of Any Pests

For some reason certain bugs and pests are attracted to air conditioning 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 exterior of the unit and check on it regularly throughout the summer.

Stay Level

Nearly all outdoor A/C units are positioned on a concrete slab or other platform, allowing 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, hindering the performance of the air conditioner. Check on your outdoor component to confirm that the base continues to stay level.

Obviously, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are pretty important to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. Make sure 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 avoid A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.

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