May 20, 2015
Did you know that, according to an industry trade group study, 16 out of the 23 most common AC problems are preventable?
That’s right. Preventable.
Cooling your home is no small task for your AC system (especially during a Florida summer). That’s why you should give it the treatment it deserves.
Think about it: a little TLC never hurt an AC system. Actually, it does quite the opposite– helping reduce the risk of total failure when you need it the most. Here are some cool tips to prevent a not-so-cool AC breakdown this summer.
Check your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (eh-hem, summertime in Florida).
If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. Change the filter every 3 months at the very least. A dirty air filter will slow down airflow and make the system work harder to keep you cool. This not only wastes energy, it leads to expensive repairs and very uncomfortable breakdowns from dust and dirt built up in the system.
Why? Closing air vents increases pressure in your air duct system.
That’s bad news for your system’s blower, which is designed to deliver air against a specific pressure. Closing vents will force the blower to move less air, decreasing airflow over the evaporator coil (the thing that absorbs heat from your home) and increasing your chances of a broken compressor (hint: compressors are NOT cheap).
Remember that thing about airflow? Your outside unit (or “condenser” unit) is another sensitive area for adequate airflow. If it’s caked in dirt, pet hair or debris it could be interfering with your system’s cooling process, triggering your AC to work harder and longer than it should and creating unnecessary wear and tear on your system’s equipment.
Take a few minutes to clear away any obvious obstructions like branches, leaves or grass. You can also clean your unit with a garden hose on a light setting.
We recommend scheduling at least one tune-up a year on your AC equipment.
Just like an oil change for your car, a professional tune-up on your AC system’s internal components is like a seal of approval that your AC is ready to take on the summer heat (regardless of whether we Floridians are or not).
The tune-up can also give you an idea of how much longer your system may have before you consider a replacement. Think of it this way, an annual tune-up is way more convenient and potentially way less expensive than a costly repair on a horribly hot and sticky July afternoon.
Schedule your AC tune-up or maintenance with us online or call us at (800) 940-9297.
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