Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

It never fails. A heat wave is covering the East Syracuse area and the air conditioner in your home is blowing out warm air or stops working entirely. Along with hundreds of other people in our town, you grab 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 lower the likeliness of this happening to you this summer.

Maximize Air Flow

A properly operating central air system must be able to pull the air through the unit, including recirculating air from within your home. If Air blockage or obstruction of any kind can end up translating to money out of pocket for you. 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

Beyond helping reduce energy costs by regulating your home’s temperature, programmable thermostats can also help minimize impact on your system. Set your thermostat to be on only when you are actually in your home.

Another tip is to program your thermostat for longer run-cycles. We are not suggesting that this will prevent problems, it can help bring down the humidity in your East Syracuse area home. This can provide a more comfortable environment, plus keep mold spores from growing in your home.

Get Rid of Any Pests

Some bugs and pests are attracted to central air 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 exterior of the unit and check on it regularly throughout the summer.

Stay Level

Nearly all outdoor A/C units are situated on a concrete slab or other platform, giving them a level base of operation. However, the weight of the unit and ground moisture can cause your unit’s platform to sag or sink, hindering the performance of the air conditioner. Check on your outdoor component to ensure that the base continues to stay level.

Naturally, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are pretty important to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. Call to schedule annual maintenance service 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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