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 is blowing out warm air or stops operating altogether. Along with hundreds of other people in our city, you grab 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 likeliness of this happening to you this summer.

Max-Out the 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 ensure your air conditioner has the air flow it needs, 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

A programmable thermostat is an easy addition to help lower your energy expenses and control the temperature of your Kansas City area home. Set your thermostat to be on only when you are actually in your home.

In addition, program your thermostat for lengthier run-cycles. While this does not necessary prevent problems, it can help reduce humidity in your Kansas City area home. This can provide a more comfortable environment, plus keep mold spores from developing 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 exterior of the unit to keep them from “bugging” your air conditioner.

Stay Level

Nearly all outdoor A/C units are positioned on a concrete slab or other platform, permitting them a level base of operation. However, over time these can settle or sag, impacting the performance of the air conditioner. Every now and then, look at your outdoor component to confirm that the base continues to stay level.

Of course, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are also important to keep your air conditioner functioning well. Call to schedule a check up 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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