Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

You’ve probably experienced this one. Birmingham is experiencing record heat and the air conditioner in your home starts blowing out warm air or stops operating completely. Along with hundreds of other people in our community, you grab 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 possibility of this happening to you this summer.

Ensure Maximum Air Flow

To work properly, your air conditioner needs to pull air through the system, including recirculating air from within 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 cutting 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. Program your air conditioner for warmer temperatures when the home is empty or at night when it cools down outside.

Also, program your thermostat for extended run-cycles. We are not suggesting that this will prevent problems, it can help reduce humidity in your Birmingham area home. This can give you a more comfortable environment, in addition to keep mold spores from growing in your home.

Watch Out for Those Pests

For some reason certain bugs and pests are attracted to air conditioning 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 exterior of the unit with a reasonably wide perimeter of 24 – 36 inches.

Stay Level

Most outdoor A/C units are situated on a concrete slab or other platform, giving 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, impacting the performance of the air conditioner. Check on your outdoor component to confirm that the base continues to stay level.

Naturally, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are also important to keep your air conditioner functioning well. Call to schedule system maintenance review before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. By following these simple tips, you may be able to avoid A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.

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