In some circumstances, air conditioning repair is just necessary, but in some cases the problems that cause the needed repair could have been avoided with some simple strategies to keep your air conditioner in top condition! Air conditioners, like other appliances in our homes are just expected to do their jobs and do them well. However there are ways that you can help your air conditioner operate more efficiently and avoid having to call your local Albuquerque, NM HVAC company to come to your home to repair your air conditioner. In order to help your AC stay in excellent condition, here are some easy steps to follow.
How to Keep your AC in Excellent Condition
No one likes unexpected problems, especially when it comes to your air conditioner. Getting stuck in a hot home in the middle of summer because your air conditioner unexpectedly failed is definitely a situation that you want to avoid if you can help it.
Luckily, there are some ways to increase your odds against having to deal with a broken air conditioning unit.
Get Regular Air Conditioning Tune-Ups
Yes, one more thing to add to your list along with doctors and dentist appointments. But by scheduling annual air conditioning tune-ups, especially right before you start using your AC on a heavy, regular basis will improve your chances of having a healthy air conditioning unit throughout the years. AC tune-ups help your unit operate more efficiently and allows you to catch small problems before they become disastrous!
Make Time for Cleaning
Cleaning the inside of your home isn’t difficult to remember. You start to see things getting grimy and dirt and dust start gathering in the corners which gives us a visual reminder to get out those cleaning utensils and get to work. But guess what? Your air conditioner could use some regular cleaning as well. Being outdoors, it encounters a lot of weather, dust, debris, and dirt that needs to be cleaned out regularly to keep your AC working properly. Not sure how to clean your air conditioning unit? Refer to your owner’s manual. They will have helpful tips to keep your air conditioner squeaky clean. So put your air conditioning unit on your list of cleaning items.
Being outside of your home, your air conditioning unit is left exposed to the elements. They encounter rain, hail, snow, wind, dust, sun, etc. So what’s a homeowner to do to give your air conditioning some protection from the natural elements that it will encounter just from being outside? Plant a tree, build a wall, put up a shade or canopy to provide some shade. You can get creative and there are really no rules, but the more protection you can provide for your air conditioner the better. Giving your AC some protection will also cut down on your cleaning duties!
Get comfortable with changing your air conditioner’s filters. This will allow it to keep up its efficiency and give you the best levels of cooling in your home. When the filters get clogged with dust and debris, the air conditioner doesn’t operate as easily and has to work harder to keep your home at the same temperature. Replacing the air filters will help prevent unexpected repairs and save you money each month by keeping it efficient.
Your AC unit works hard to keep your home cool throughout the hottest months of the year, so don’t make it more difficult for your air conditioner to get the cold air into your home. Make sure that the vents are clear of all furniture, curtains, rugs, etc. This will allow the cool air to flow through your home consistently and evenly preventing your air conditioner from working too hard and encountering problems that need repair work.
Air ducts unfortunately can cause big problems for air conditioners if they aren’t sealed properly. Many times, there are gaps in a home’s duct work that lead to the cold air produced by the air conditioner to seep out in the duct work before it can make it to your home. This leads to an extremely inefficient air conditioning unit that has to work very hard to keep up with the demand of cold air. Having your duct work inspected and sealed will prevent you from loosing the cold air in your attic or walls. You will also see a savings in your monthly energy bill because your ac won’t have to work as hard to cool your home.
Keep Cool in Other Ways
There are lots of other ways you can keep cool in your home without having to blast your AC all day long! By utilizing other ways of cooling down will keep you from relying on your air conditioning unit alone. Here are a few ways to keep cool in your home to give your air conditioning unit a break.
- Keep your blinds or curtains closed during the hottest parts of the day. When that sun comes in your windows, it will heat up your home quickly. By blocking out the sun, you will help to keep your home cool all throughout the day.
- Use ceiling or floor fans to cool you down. You will notice that by using a fan in addition to your air conditioning unit, you will notice that you wont have to keep your thermostat as low as you used to.
- Take advantage of a cool nightly breeze and open up some windows letting the breeze cool you off throughout the night. This will also help improve the air quality in your home!
- Avoid using ovens and dryers during the hottest part of the day. These appliances will heat up your home quickly making your air conditioning unit work harder to cool down your home.
Keeping these tips in mind for your air conditioner will help to keep it in excellent working condition. It will be more reliable and will even have a longer life span! It wont take a lot of time, and the time it does take will be well spent! For more information on your air conditioning unit, tune-ups or repairs. Give us a call at Wagner Mechanical! We’ll be happy to help you .