Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

It never fails. A heat wave is covering the Roanoke area and the air conditioner in your home begins blowing out warm air or stops working altogether. Along with hundreds of other people in our community, you grab the phone to call your HVAC specialist, and suffer with the heat until they arrive. While not all A/C problems can be prevented, here are a few tips that can be used to minimize the chance of this happening to you this summer.

Ensure Maximum Air Flow

A properly operating central air system must be able to pull the air through the unit, including recirculating air throughout the rooms of your home. If the air flow is blocked in any way, it can end up translating to money out of pocket for you. To guarantee great air flow, make sure to keep space 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 Roanoke area home. Adjust the temperature of your home to run less when you are at work or school, and automatically increase to a desired temperature when you are actually in the home.

Another tip is to program your thermostat for longer run-cycles. While this action won’t prevent problems, it can help reduce humidity in your Roanoke area home. This can give you a more comfortable environment, plus keep mold spores from developing in your home.

Keep Pests at Bay

Many bugs and pests are drawn to A/C 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 rest on a concrete slab or other platform, allowing 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.

Naturally, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are very important to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. 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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