In the scorching Arizona summers, the last thing that you want is to have problems with your air conditioning. If your AC breaks, not only could you be left in the heat for days but you might also end up spending a lot of money to get it fixed. If you want to avoid expensive repairs, you should try to prepare your home and your AC system to prevent anything going wrong. By taking care of your AC, you can avoid a lot of problems that might require expensive repairs. Use this guide to make sure your AC will provide you with cool air throughout the whole summer.
Installing a new air conditioning unit probably isn’t something that you want to do in the middle of summer. If you’ve been planning on replacing your AC unit, doing it before it gets too hot is a smart idea. You might not be sure about whether you should replace your air conditioner, but there are a few things you can consider if you’re trying to decide. If your AC unit is more than ten years old, it’s probably time for a new one. You might notice that it’s not as efficient as it once was, or you have had to have it repaired a number of times. If you’re currently facing expensive repairs, it could make more sense financially to replace it instead.
Understanding if your AC is efficient enough isn’t always easy. You might find that your home isn’t as cool as it used to be or as cool as you want it to be. Sometimes your AC can start to break down frequently, or your home can feel uncomfortable, prompting you to consider whether you need to get a new one. Before installing a new AC system, it could be a good idea to clean it and maintain it to see if any problems you are having can be improved.
Regular maintenance for your air conditioning unit can make a big difference in its performance. Scheduling a service for at least once a year will help you to make sure it stays in good condition. An AC maintenance professional is the best person to take a close look at your air conditioner and check that it’s all in working order. Once a year is usually enough to help keep your AC going. You can also do some of your own maintenance tasks without the help of a professional if you want to keep it in good condition. Cleaning important parts of your AC unit and changing the filters are easy tasks that anyone can do.
Keep Your AC Clean
There are several cleaning jobs you can take care of to maintain the performance of your AC unit and reduce the need for repairs. Two of the main parts to clean are the condenser coils and the cooling fins. If these get clogged up, it could affect the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. Before spending money on calling out someone for repairs, you should check to see if your AC unit needs cleaning. First, remove the filter holder and, if working on a window unit, remove the mounting frame and case. When you remove screws, make sure you put them somewhere safe and remember where you put them.
To clean the cooling fins, you can use a special fin comb. You should have a few different ends to choose from, and you can choose the one that matches the fins in your air conditioner. Use the comb to straighten up and bent fins.
You can use your vacuum cleaner to clean up any debris from the coils of your air conditioning unit. After vacuuming any dust and dirt, you can use a special AC unit coil cleaning product. This comes in a foam spray, which you can spray over the coils to let it do its work. If there is a lot of dirt buildup, you can use a brush to brush in the direction of the fins.
The blades of your fan should also be cleaned. You can use an ordinary household cleaning product and a rag to do this. While you’re cleaning, you can also remove any rubber or plastic oiling ports on the fan motor and add some electric motor oil.
Change Your Filters
Changing the filter on your air conditioning unit will also help to keep it running, maintain its efficiency, and prevent expensive repairs. Regularly cleaning or replacing the filter helps to ensure the performance of your air conditioner. If the filter is clogged, it will be more difficult for your AC unit to keep your home cool. If you don’t take care of your filters, it could lead to your AC unit breaking down. Washing or replacing your filter is a task that you can easily do yourself, without the need for any professional help.
Check Your Thermostat
Sometimes when you’re having a problem with your air conditioning, it can be due to the thermostat. So if you want to avoid any expensive repairs this summer, it’s also important to be sure that your thermostat is working as it should be. One way your thermostat could be causing problems is if it is measuring the wrong temperature in your home. If your thermostat thinks that your home is cooler than it is, it might not be telling your air conditioner to make it as cool as you want it to be. You should check that your thermostat is working properly if you want efficient air conditioning.
Check for Leaks
Your heating and cooling ducts can leak if they’re not maintained properly. If there is any damage, they could be letting air escape and affecting the efficiency of both your air conditioning and your heating. Picking up on this problem before the summer begins can help you to save money, fixing the problem before it gets worse and reducing your energy bills. Make your house cooler in the summer by checking for any disconnected joints, holes, or any parts that might have separated. You can seal some leaks yourself using tape.
Check the Concrete Slab of Your Outside Unit
If you want to make sure that your outside unit is working properly, you should check the concrete slab that it’s standing on. It’s important that this slab is level if you want your air conditioning unit to be as efficient as possible. You can use a level to check whether the slab is level, as it should be. If it isn’t, you can pry it up with a board, to get it level. Then you can use gravel, which you can push under the slab, and then remove the board when you have finished.
If your AC overheats, it won’t be at its best, and it could decide to give up and refuse to work too. Overheating can be a problem if your air conditioner is having to work harder than it needs to, but there are some things that you can do to try and lighten the load. Insulating your attic is something you might associate more with winter, but it can also protect you from the Arizona heat in the summer too. It will protect your AC and lower your bills.
If you want to avoid costly AC repairs this summer and any future summers too, you should check your AC unit before summer arrives. It’s best to keep up maintenance to help protect your AC.
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