Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

It never fails. On the hottest day of the year, the air conditioner in your home starts blowing out warm air or stops working entirely. 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. While not all A/C problems can be prevented, here are a few tips that can be used to reduce the chance of this happening to you this summer.

Max-Out the 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 cause problems in your unit. To ensure your air conditioner has the air flow it needs, make sure to keep space around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes scaling back vegetation and cleaning dirt away from vents.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Beyond helping reduce energy costs by regulating your home’s temperature, programmable thermostats can also help minimize impact on your system. 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.

Also, program your thermostat for lengthier run-cycles. While this action won’t prevent problems, it can help lower humidity in your Houston area home. This can offer a more comfortable environment, in addition to keep mold spores from growing 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 base of the unit with a reasonably wide perimeter of 24 – 36 inches.

Stay Level

Most outdoor A/C units are positioned on a concrete slab or other platform, allowing them a level base of operation. However, over time these can settle or sag, limiting the performance of the air conditioner. Keep an eye on your outdoor component to confirm that the base continues to stay level.

Of course, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are very important to keep your air conditioner operating as it should. Call (713) 352-7887 to schedule annual maintenance service before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. Following these suggestions, you may be able to minimize A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.

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