Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

Does this sound familiar?. Knoxville is experiencing record heat and the air conditioner in your home starts blowing out warm air or stops operating completely. Along with hundreds of other people in our community, you grab the phone to call your HVAC specialist, as you and your family brave the heat. While some A/C issues absolutely require a professional to service them, here are a few tips that can be used to lower the possibility 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 inside your home. If this process is obstructed in any way, it can cause problems in your unit. To ensure your air conditioner has the air flow it needs, make sure to keep the area clear around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes trimming 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.

Also, program your thermostat for extended run-cycles. We are not suggesting that this will prevent problems, it can help bring down the humidity in your Knoxville area home. This can give you a more comfortable environment, as well as keep mold spores from thriving in your home.

Keep Pests at Bay

Many bugs and pests are drawn to A/C units, which can be detrimental if they get inside the system. To keep ants and other pests away, use an eco-friendly pesticide around the foundation of the unit and check on it regularly throughout the summer.

Stay Level

Nearly all outdoor A/C units are placed 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. Keep an eye on your outdoor component to make sure that the base continues to stay level.

Of course, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are pretty important to keep your air conditioner functioning well. Try to schedule a check up before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. Following these suggestions, you may be able to minimize A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.

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