When you have an air conditioning unit that you rely on to keep your family or employees comfortable and productive, you want to stay on top of repairs. While AC repairs are a necessary part of owning a unit, there are many that can be prevented. Here we review a few of the tips that will ensure you have a summer with as few AC repairs as possible (if any at all).
#1: Get a Service Call Before the Hottest Months
You do not have to wait until you have an issue to call and have your air conditioner serviced. Call before the hottest months hit and have your unit cleaned and inspected by a professional so that you stay on top of any issues that the heat can bring about. However, if you do notice you need an AC repair, don’t hesitate to call because it’s the hot months and you think the company will be too busy. Call when you need to, but if you can be proactive, you may save yourself some time and a few headaches.
#2: Make Sure You Get a Programmable Thermostat
If you want to prevent AC repairs from happening, then invest in a programmable thermostat so that you have control over your temperatures when you are on the go. The more you learn about the best practices for programmable thermostats and temperatures settings, the more money you’ll save on your energy bill and the longer your unit will last.
#3: Start Paying Closer Attention to Filters
When the weather is the perfect mix of cool and warm and you don’t have to use your AC system as much, you often won’t have to change your filters as frequently. However, be sure you don’t use this as the standard for when to clean filters. In the hottest months of the year, you’ll need to change your filters more often because the unit will simply be working harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
#4: Insulate Your Home Better
You can give your air conditioner a major break from working when you have a well-insulated home from the windows to the attic. Take the time to ask the AC repair company what steps you can take to make sure your home is properly keeping the cool air in. You’ll be surprised how many things you can do that are affordable, as well as a few updates you can make that will add value to your home and prevent AC repair.
#5: Don’t Forget the Outside Unit
While people tend to focus all of their attention on the thermostat and filters, make sure that you spend a little time outside cleaning up any debris that has fallen and removing any vines that may have grown into the fan. When you keep this area of your cooling system cleaned and you stay aware of how it should sound and act when it’s working properly, you’ll find you are much quicker to spot the signs of trouble.