The truth is, no, you can’t always prevent AC repair needs. Natural wear and tear is going to require a cooling system repair every now and then. But that’s okay! It’s to be expected and it’s something we typically catch during professional maintenance. Yes, that means you have to stay on top of scheduling professional maintenance. More on that below.
Look, we understand, nobody wants to have to call for repairs in their home. Fortunately, while not all repair needs are preventable, we can help you avoid some problems. Read on as we uncover some of the best ways to stop air conditioner repair needs before they even happen, in order to save yourself time and money, while enjoying your summer.
Schedule Routine Professional Maintenance!
We told you we’d talk about this again. Professional maintenance is the best way to prevent air conditioning system breakdowns. In fact, it’s estimated that you can avoid up to 85% of the repairs that an air conditioner will ever need in its lifetime, through annual inspections and tune-ups that our professionals provide.
Professional maintenance allows our technicians to manage all the components of your air conditioner, cutting down on repair needs because it allows us to alert you to small issues before they have the chance to grow. Maintenance will also improve your system’s efficiency, lifespan, and keep the system warranty current. Make sure if you haven’t already done so, to contact us for your air conditioner maintenance for this summer.
Change Your HVAC Air Filter
The air filter that comes standard inside your HVAC system–typically located where the return air ducts connect to the cabinet, at the blower fan–stops debris such as dirt and dust from getting inside, where it can damage the motor and coils. Without the air filter in place, airflow will be restricted and your air conditioner will perform inefficiently.
This filter has to be changed, or cleaned if it’s a permanent filter, every 1-3 months. If you leave the filter in too long, it will get too clogged up, and the reduced airflow will put unnecessary strain on your air conditioning system, which can eventually cause the motor to burn out.
Set the Thermostat to a Reasonable Level
Putting less stress on your air conditioner while keeping your home cool and comfortable is possible, and it will help your system have fewer problems. YOu can easily cut down on your air conditioner’s workload by setting your thermostat to a more reasonable level.
Homeowners often think of their air conditioner’s thermostat like a “throttle” that gives them faster cooling the lower they set the temperature. Because of this, people will set their thermostats at 72°F or even lower. In actuality, most people are perfectly capable of maintaining comfort with a thermostat setting of 78°F. The lower thermostat setting only causes your air conditioner to run longer, which is inefficient, wearing down your system faster and costing you more money than necessary.