Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

You’ve probably experienced this one. A heat wave is covering the Clearwater area and the air conditioner in your home is blowing out warm air or stops working entirely. Along with hundreds of other people in our city, you pick up the phone to call your HVAC specialist, as you and your family brave the heat. While some A/C issues absolutely require a professional to service them, here are a few tips that can be used to decrease the possibility of this happening to you this summer.

Maximize Air Flow

For the A/C system to work correctly, you need to ensure the air is pulling through properly, including recirculating air inside your home. If Air blockage or obstruction of any kind can result in trouble and repair costs. To assure you have the manufacturer suggested air flow, 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

Controlling the consumption of your indoor energy use is simple with a programmable thermostat. Set your thermostat to be on only when you are actually in your home.

In addition, program your thermostat for extended run-cycles. While this does not necessary prevent problems, it can help reduce humidity in your Clearwater area home. This can offer a more comfortable environment, plus 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 base of the unit to keep them from “bugging” your air conditioner.

Stay Level

Nearly all outdoor A/C units rest on a concrete slab or other platform, permitting 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 very important to keep your air conditioner operating as it should. Call to schedule system maintenance review before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. Following these suggestions, you may be able to avoid A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.

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