Besides just replacing the air filter in your HVAC unit, there are other things you can do to help ensure your air conditioning system keeps up during the sweltering days of summer while keeping AC repair costs at an absolute minimum.
Keep your outdoor equipment clear of weeds and vegetation. Debris and weeds blocking airflow to the condenser can make significant performance impacts and shorten the lifespan of your unit. Having a professional remove the condenser’s housing and properly cleaning out debris can make significant performance impacts.
Check to be sure equipment pad is level. As the area around the outdoor unit settles, the pad that supports the unit can settle, too. It’s important for continued reliability that the unit be level. A certified contractor can help in this area. The condenser should be at least 1” from the exterior wall, several feet from a dryer vent, and have a minimum of 4” of spacing between multiple units.
Use pest control. Ants and bugs are often attracted to the electrical components within the outdoor air conditioner unit and these bugs may actually cause the unit to malfunction. An environmentally safe pesticide spread around the base of the unit can help prevent insect infestation.
Keep air supply vents open and unobstructed. Proper airflow is important for all air conditioning systems. Return air grills (where room air is brought back to the air conditioning system) are particularly important.
Longer run cycles are better. Longer run cycles help remove more humidity from the air and provides a significantly more comfortable living environment. Short cycles may not adequately remove moisture from the air and could lead to a “clammy” or “damp” environment.
Programmable thermostats save money. A programmable thermostat can save as much as 15% more on the cooling portion of your home’s energy costs.
Best Solution for keeping AC repair costs at a minimum
Get a Maintenance Agreement. A proactive approach to taking care of your central air conditioning system will ensure your system runs smoothly. Regular tune-ups on your air conditioning unit, just like regular car tune-ups, are key to keeping the system operating smoothly and efficiently… especially during the months when it’s working the hardest.
Call us today to schedule a tune-up for your hard-working air conditioner.
Life’s Short, Be Comfortable!