When the temperature is rising outside, there is nothing like being able to come inside, enjoy the cool air and relax as we unwind and rejuvenate. However, when your air conditioner is not working properly, then that expected breath of air is denied and tempers can flare up, even more than the thermometer.
Yes, we are definitely a generation accustomed to having a properly working AC unit, and having to wait for it to be repaired can be a stressful scenario. Thankfully, there are steps we can take to keep air conditioner repairs to a minimum.
· Be sure the ducts are all properly sealed. The less work your air conditioning unit has to do the better it runs and the longer it will last. If you aren’t sure if all the ductwork is sealed properly, take a few minutes to walk through your home and note any rooms that are warmer than the others.
· Consider having an insulation pro come out to your home and check the level of insulation. If you don’t have it done already, you should also be have insulation installed in the attic as that will help keep the temperatures throughout the house more comfortable.
· Don’t overlook the value of scheduled HVAC maintenance visits, as they can alert you of small concerns before they become big ones. For best results, it is recommended that you have your air conditioning unit checked out at least once a year. As part of their inspection they will look at elements such as the amount of refrigerant, leaks, how well the electric coil is working, check the terminals, then clean and tighten them, inspect the belts for wear and tear and inspect other key parts of your AC’s components.
· Don’t allow “just anyone” to open up your air conditioning unit to just “poke around and see how it looks”. Only have experience HVAC people maintain the unit or make updates.
· Change your filter according to manufacturer’s instructions. In many cases this is at least once a quarter, but for some systems it may be monthly or even annually. Not changing the filter not only circulates unclean air into your home, but can also result in situations such as frozen AC coils or overworked fan motors.
· The average system only last 10 to perhaps 12 years. Make plans to have your system updated or replaced before it becomes a serious problem.
Air conditioner repairs may be part of life, but they don’t have to dominate your summer. By applying these tips, you can increase the lifespan of your AC unit, and be proactive in maximizing the lifespan of your AC. If you have questions, talk to a local HVAC service provider such as Prescription Heating and Air.