Now that summer weather is here, it’s time to take a few important steps to make sure your air conditioner is working properly so that it will keep you cool as the temps get high. Here are the most important steps to consider:
Inspect and Clean Your Unit.
The first thing you should do is clean your unit. Remove any dust or dirt on the outside, taking special care to clear off any leaves and sticks that might have accumulated near the condenser. Carefully check the “fins” (they’re delicate) and clean those as well. Then clean or replace your filter. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all of these tasks since different units may respond better to specific cleaning techniques.
Don’t Make Your AC Work Harder Than It Has To.
Keep outer doors and windows closed while you are running the AC, no matter how tempting it is to open everything up and let the fresh air in. Similarly—especially on the very hottest days—keep your drapes and curtains closed to keep the sun’s heat out of your home. If you have a ceiling fan, use it to help circulate the cool air. Also, check for leaks around your windows and doors (and in the attic) and make sure they are plugged.
Keep the Temperature Steady.
If you are constantly fiddling with the thermostat on your AC system, it’s going to burn out faster as it works to keep up with the fluctuations. It’s better to leave it at a fixed setting. If you want regular changes (perhaps warmer during the day while you’re at work and cooler at night when you’re home), use a timer.
Call In a Professional.
It’s always a good idea to bring in an air conditioning specialist to perform general maintenance at the beginning of the season. Consider it an investment that will ultimately save you money in the long run, because a heating and cooling pro can find and fix small problems before they become larger ones that will shorten the life of your AC unit and possibly do damage to your home. Not only will a professional inspect and clean your unit, but they can make sure all coils, belts, motors, etc. remain in tip-top shape.
No one wants their AC to break down on a hot summer day—especially in Arizona. What’s the key to making sure that never happens? Take time now to perform some basic care and maintenance on your AC system. You’ll be glad you did—and richly rewarded with comfortable temperatures all summer long.
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