Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

Does this sound familiar?. 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 town, you reach for the phone to call your HVAC specialist, and wait out the heat until relief arrives. Although some A/C problems will require a professional technician, here are a few tips that can be used to lower the likeliness of this happening to you this summer.

Maximize Air Flow

To work properly, your air conditioner needs to pull air through the system, including recirculating air inside your home. If Air blockage or obstruction of any kind can end up translating to money out of pocket for you. To ensure your air conditioner has the air flow it needs, 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

Controlling the consumption of your indoor energy use is simple with a programmable thermostat. 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 reduce humidity in your Fort Myers area home. This can give you a more comfortable environment, plus keep mold spores from developing 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 to keep them from “bugging” your air conditioner.

Stay Level

The majority of 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. Keep an eye on your outdoor component to ensure that the base continues to stay level.

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

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