Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

You’ve probably experienced this one. A heat wave is covering the Raleigh area and 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 pick up 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 minimize 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 inside your home. If Air blockage or obstruction of any kind can cause problems in your unit. To guarantee great 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

A programmable thermostat is an easy addition to help lower your energy expenses and control the temperature of your Raleigh area home. Program your air conditioner for warmer temperatures when the home is empty or at night when it cools down outside.

Another tip is to program your thermostat for longer run-cycles. We are not suggesting that this will prevent problems, it can help bring down the humidity in your Raleigh area home. This can offer a more comfortable environment, in addition to keep mold spores from thriving in your home.

Get Rid of Any Pests

Some bugs and pests are attracted to central air 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 and check on it regularly throughout the summer.

Stay Level

Nearly all outdoor A/C units are situated on a concrete slab or other platform, allowing them a level base of operation. However, over time these can settle or sag, hindering the performance of the air conditioner. Check on your outdoor component to make sure that the base continues to stay level.

Naturally, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are very important to keep your air conditioner operating as it should. Call 919-578-4329 to schedule annual maintenance service 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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