If you’ve ever suffered from air conditioning problems during a blistering Columbia, Illinois summer, then you know how important it is to prevent problems with your air conditioning unit. While regularly changing your air filter will prevent some common problems, here are a few simple things you can do to prevent air conditioning problems this summer!
Stay on Top of Pest Problems
Most homeowners strive to prevent bug infestations in their basements, near trash cans, and around baseboards. However, few know that their outdoor air conditioning unit is another favorite hideout for pests. Unfortunately, bugs can easily get into the electrical components of your air conditioning unit; this damages parts and causing the unit to malfunction. Take care of pest problems in or around your a/c unit by eliminating any food sources and setting traps. Also, talk to your pest control professional about possible pesticide treatments.
Turn the Unit Off When Mowing Grass
If your air conditioning unit is left running while you’re trimming grass, the clippings can easily be sucked into the unit; this causes the efficiency of the unit to be greatly reduced or even causing the unit to turn off altogether. Prevent this by turning your thermostat to “off” while mowing. Direct the mower away from the unit while cutting the grass around it, and keep the area clear of any brush or vegetation to ensure that it has enough room to run as it should.
Schedule Regular Tune-Ups
Although they may seem like added expenses, regular air conditioning tune-ups pay for themselves in improved energy efficiency and by extending the life of you’re a/c unit. An experienced tech can find and address small problems with your unit before they grow into larger, more expensive issues. In addition, scheduling annual check-ups may be necessary to keeping your a/c system warranty valid.
Look Out for Air Conditioning Problems
If you notice something wrong with your air conditioner, don’t hesitate to call for help. Likely, the problem won’t get any better. Call the repairman before you have to spend even more money on a problem that you made worse.
Your central air conditioner is one of the biggest investments you make in the comfort and value of your home, and preventing problems before they happen is essential for keeping the unit running efficiently, sparing you the costly energy and repair bills. To find out more about caring for your air conditioner or to schedule your annual a/c tune-up, contact Morrison Plumbing, Heating and Air.