How to Save Money on Your Air Conditioning

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Warmer weather is quickly approaching, so it’s almost time to turn on the AC for the next few months. As the weather grows warmer and the AC starts working harder, it’s sure to cause your bills to rise! No one likes seeing their bills skyrocket; we’ve compiled a list of ways to reduce that cost this spring and summer while still staying cool. Keep reading to learn about changes you can make in your home to save.

Insulate Your Home

If your home isn’t insulated or isn’t insulated correctly, you’re probably paying for cool air that isn’t reaching you. Insulation keeps the cool air in; without it, the cool air can easily escape from your home, making your AC work harder, and your energy bills rise. Have a professional look at your insulation before turning on your AC to ensure you’re getting the most out of your money!


Do you have ceiling fans installed in your home? Turn them on during warmer days to get the cool air circulating through the rooms of your house. If you don’t have ceiling fans, consider installing some or purchasing smaller free standing fans to place throughout your home.

Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance and checkups on your AC unit are crucial to ensuring your AC is working efficiently. Hire a professional to check up on your HVAC system at least once a year. They’ll make sure everything is working correctly, take care of repairs, and give you peace of mind knowing that the AC is doing its job effectively.

Utilize Curtains and Blinds

Sun coming in through windows greatly affects the temperature of your home. During warm afternoons, close your blinds and curtains or find some covering to prevent extra heat from entering your home. You’ll immediately see what an impact it makes on your home’s temperature, and over time, you’ll see the difference in your energy bills.

Strategic Thermostat Placement

Believe it or not, the placement of your thermostat matters greatly! The wall you place your thermostat on will determine how hard it has to work. For example, a thermostat set on a wall near a window will perceive the room’s temperature to be warmer due to the heat coming through the window, which will cause it to work harder. Ideally, a thermostat should be installed in a central room on an interior wall.

Adjust Thermostat Settings When You’re Away

Make a habit of increasing the temperature when no one is home. What’s the use of keeping your home at the perfect temperature all day if no one is home to enjoy it? If you work during the day, consider turning the thermostat up a few degrees while you’re away. A few hours of higher temperatures each day can save you more than you’d expect! You can readjust your thermostat when you get home to suit your preferences. If you’re going on vacation, remember to raise the temperature 5-10 degrees. You’ll save money in the long run.


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Most people use microwaves daily to thaw frozen foods, reheat leftovers, and cook meals. Common problems your microwave can develop include:

  • The plate won’t turn.
  • The microwave doesn’t turn on or off.
  • The door won’t close or open.
  • The microwave doesn’t heat properly.
  • It makes strange or loud sounds.
  • The light stops working.
  • The touchpad won’t respond.

Call to schedule a repair today if you notice any of these warning signs.


Whether you own a separate freezer or only the one on your refrigerator, you count on it to keep perishable items frozen for later use. If the freezer fails, you may lose hundreds of dollars worth of food. Some warning signs of freezer malfunction include:

  • Water leaks
  • Frost or ice buildup
  • Strange sounds
  • Temperature variations
  • Constantly running compressor

The freezer also might just stop working.

Ice Makers

Many people enjoy the convenience of built-in ice makers. Signs that yours isn’t working correctly:

  • Ice is fractured, frosted, or strangely shaped.
  • Ice won’t release from the mold.
  • The outside ejector doesn’t produce ice.

Common issues include clogged water lines, incorrectly set thermostats, unlevel mounting, and clogged water filters.


Gone are the days when someone had to wash dishes by hand in the sink daily. Most people use their dishwashers every day to avoid that manual task. You may notice:

  • Your dishes aren’t clean after a wash cycle.
  • The dishwasher won’t run.
  • The machine won’t fill or drain properly.
  • Your dishwasher has a foul odor.
  • Operation makes more noise than usual.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service can diagnose and repair your issue.


Every kitchen has a refrigerator. Some people have them in garages and offices too. We count on these essential appliances to keep our food fresh. It’s time to schedule a repair if:

  • The refrigerator operates constantly or won’t come on at all.
  • The temperature is too hot or too cold, not adjusting with the thermostat.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.
  • The water dispenser won’t release water.
  • The appliance makes loud noises.

Most of these issues are easily repaired.

Ovens, Stoves, and Ranges

Families that enjoy home-cooked meals and freshly baked desserts rely on their ovens and stoves. Owners can choose gas or electric appliances, and the repair issues can differ for each type. However, the problems you may notice remain similar.


  • The oven won’t heat to the set temperature correctly or at all.
  • The interior light won’t come on or turn off.
  • The self-cleaning feature doesn’t work.
  • The door won’t open or close.
  • Your food cooks unevenly.
  • Your controls aren’t responsive.
  • The heating or broiling element won’t ignite or come on.

Stovetops and Ranges

  • Eyes won’t ignite or power on.
  • Temperatures don’t adjust to your settings.
  • The indicator lights don’t work.
  • Turning the eyes on produces sparks or strange smells.
  • Bubbles, cracks, or blisters appear on the cooktop or coils.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service technicians can repair all brands of electric and gas ovens, stoves, cooktops, and gas range tops.

Washers and Dryers

Everyone needs clean clothes, sheets, and towels. Our washers and dryers make that easy to accomplish unless they stop working properly. Each appliance typically gives you signs that repairs are necessary.


  • Water won’t fill or drain.
  • Water overfills or leaks.
  • The agitator won’t spin.
  • The washer vibrates excessively or makes loud noises.
  • Unpleasant odors persist.
  • The door doesn’t open.
  • The machine ruins your laundry.
  • The washer won’t turn on or stop


  • The dryer doesn’t power on or only runs for a short time.
  • The dryer won’t heat or overheat.
  • The machine takes too long to dry laundry.
  • The drum won’t spin.
  • The dryer is too noisy or vibrates excessively.
  • The laundry has wrinkles or lint.

These appliances come in many makes and models, and Able Appliance & HVAC Service can repair them all.

AC and Heating

When your heating or air conditioning isn’t working properly, your home can quickly become uncomfortable. Common issues you’ll notice are:

  • The air isn’t heated or cooled to the correct temperature, the heat blows cold air, or the AC blows hot air.
  • The unit runs constantly or won’t turn on.
  • Fluid leaks from your inside or outside units.
  • Your system is too loud.

Schedule a repair appointment to avoid further damage if you experience any of these problems.

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