Beat the Heat: Top Tips For AC Efficiency And Safety This Summer

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As the summer heat rolls in, your air conditioning system becomes an invaluable companion, keeping your home cool and comfortable. To ensure AC efficiency and optimal performance throughout the season, it’s important to take proactive measures for its care and maintenance. In this blog post, we will share some valuable tips to help you keep your AC safe and efficient during the hot summer months.

1. Clean or Replace Air Filters Regularly:

One of the simplest yet most effective ways to maintain your AC’s efficiency is by regularly cleaning or replacing the air filters. Dirty or clogged filters restrict airflow, making your AC work harder and consuming more energy. Clean filters not only improve indoor air quality but also enhance cooling performance. Check your filters every month and clean or replace them as necessary.

2. Clear Obstructions from Vents and Registers:

Blocked or obstructed vents and registers can impede the airflow and strain your AC system. Ensure all vents and registers are clear of furniture, curtains, or other objects that may hinder the proper circulation of cool air. This will help maintain a consistent temperature throughout your home and reduce the strain on your AC unit.

3. Keep the Outdoor Unit Free from Debris:

Your AC’s outdoor unit, known as the condenser, can accumulate leaves, twigs, dirt, and other debris over time. This can obstruct the airflow and reduce the system’s efficiency. Regularly inspect and clean the area around the condenser. Trim any nearby vegetation that may obstruct its proper functioning and ensure there are at least two feet of clearance around the unit for adequate airflow.

4. Schedule Professional Maintenance:

Regular professional maintenance is crucial for keeping your AC unit in optimal condition. Consider scheduling a maintenance visit with a reputable HVAC service provider before the summer season starts. A qualified technician will inspect, clean, and tune up your AC system, ensuring that all components are working properly and efficiently. They can also identify potential issues before they escalate, saving you from costly repairs down the line. Our HVAC maintenance service is here to help you maximize your AC efficiency.

5. Monitor and Control Thermostat Settings:

Optimizing your thermostat settings can help you save energy and keep your AC running smoothly. Set your thermostat to a reasonable temperature that provides comfort without compromising AC efficiency. Utilize programmable or smart thermostats to schedule temperature adjustments based on your occupancy patterns. This way, you can reduce energy consumption during times when the house is unoccupied or at night when temperatures naturally cool down.

6. Protect Your AC from Power Surges:

Power surges are common during summer storms and can potentially damage your AC unit. Invest in surge protectors or consider installing a whole-house surge protection system to safeguard your appliances, including your air conditioner, from sudden voltage spikes. This additional layer of protection can prevent costly repairs or replacements due to electrical damage.

Keeping your AC safe and efficient during the summer is essential for a cool and comfortable living environment. By following these tips, such as cleaning or replacing air filters regularly, clearing obstructions from vents, keeping the outdoor unit free from debris, scheduling professional maintenance, monitoring thermostat settings, and protecting your AC from power surges, you can extend the lifespan of your unit, reduce energy consumption, and enjoy a hassle-free summer with optimal indoor comfort. Stay cool and call us today if you need help!

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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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