Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

Does this sound familiar?. Fort Wayne is experiencing record heat and the air conditioner in your home starts blowing out warm air or stops operating entirely. Along with hundreds of other people in our city, you reach for the phone to call your HVAC specialist, as you and your family brave the heat. Although some A/C problems will require a professional technician, here are a few tips that can be used to reduce the likeliness of this happening to you this summer.

Maximize 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 result in trouble and repair costs. To guarantee great air flow, make sure to keep clear the immediate area around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes trimming 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 Fort Wayne area home. Program your air conditioner for warmer temperatures when the home is empty or at night when it cools down outside.

In addition, program your thermostat for longer run-cycles. While this does not necessary prevent problems, it can help bring down the humidity in your Fort Wayne area home. This can give you a more comfortable environment, in addition to keep mold spores from growing in your home.

Keep Pests at Bay

For some reason certain bugs and pests are attracted to air conditioning units, which can be damaging if they get inside the system. To keep ants and other pests away, use an eco-friendly pesticide around the base of the unit and check on it regularly throughout the summer.

Stay Level

The majority of outdoor A/C units are placed on a concrete slab or other platform, permitting them a level base of operation. However, over time these can settle or sag, limiting the performance of the air conditioner. Keep an eye on your outdoor component to ensure that the base continues to stay level.

Naturally, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are very important to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. Make sure to schedule a check up 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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