Summer is just around the corner, which means we’ll be turning up the AC! With that being said, summer is the worst time to have your AC break down. No one wants to feel hot and sweaty in their own home. Follow these tips to prevent an AC outage this summer.
Get An Annual Tune-up.
Getting a tune-up every spring is a good idea to prevent AC breakage. Don’t skip out just because you don’t think you need it! You’ll be sorry you did if your AC breaks on you during one of the hottest months of the year.
Check or Change Your Filter Every Month
At best, you should be changing your air filter every month to a month and a half. If you don’t change the air filter frequently enough, it can block airflow, which will cause your system to overwork and eventually break down.
Don’t Close or Block Air Vents
Closing vents in unused rooms does not save energy or air; it actually contributes to performance issues with the AC! It would be best to open all your vents to allow the air conditioning to flow evenly throughout your house.
Check for Signs of Water Leaks
Get into the habit of checking for leaks every month when you replace your air filter. If you spot any leaks, you should call a professional to take care of any water before it causes any severe damage.
Minimize Heat in Your Home
Minimize the heat coming into your home by closing blinds during the day, installing seals onto windows and doors, and avoid leaving any door or window openings. The warm air coming into the house will cause your AC to work harder than it needs to. Not only does this up your AC bill, but it also isn’t healthy for your AC system.
Call for Help When You Suspect a Problem
Some of the common signs of your AC breaking down are strange noises, warm air from vents, excessive run time, and no water coming down your drain line. If you experience any of these issues, call a professional!
Replace Old System
During your annual inspection, a professional will be able to tell you if your system is close to needing to be replaced. In this case, it’s better to replace it sooner than later to avoid an inconvenient breakdown.