Imagine living in Northern, GA, without air-conditioning. Especially during hot summers, AC helps make life bearable. Your HVAC system doesn’t work on its own, however. It needs to be maintained to function properly, and the vents and ducts need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Calling for regular air-conditioning service is important as well, but there are several things you can do on your own to make sure your AC is in top form.
Replace Your Air Filter
Replacing or cleaning your air filter is one of the easiest things you can do to maintain your system, yet it’s amazing how few people do it. Your air conditioner relies on the constant movement of air through the system and throughout the house. A dirty air filter disrupts this process, putting undue strain on your air conditioner. Not only will this make it harder for your AC to cool the house, but it’ll increase your monthly energy bill as well. On top of that, a dirty air filter can release dust, pollen, mold, and other allergens into your house, dramatically reducing the quality of your home’s air. It’s definitely worth your time to replace or clean your air filter once every three months or even monthly during the hot summer months.
Check the Wiring
First turn off your unit, then switch off its corresponding breaker. Next, remove the access panel over the condensation unit. You’re going to look for signs of overheating, or anything else that might result in melted or burned out wires. Check the other electrical connections to make sure they’re tight. If you see any problems, call us at Gainesville Mechanical for air-conditioning repair service in Gainesville, GA.
Test the Thermostat
Have you checked lately to make sure your thermostat is working? If not, turn the temperature down to see if the AC clicks on. While you’re at it, if you don’ t have a programmable thermostat, now’s the chance to upgrade. Programmable thermostats will automatically adjust the temperature according to your needs so you can raise the temperature at night and when the home is empty during the day, then drop the temperature when your house is full of people. This will save money and strain on your unit.
Clean the Outside Unit
It doesn’t take much for things to be overgrown near your outside unit. Check it periodically to make sure debris isn’t gathering on it and restricting air flow. Also, make sure that all trees and bushes are set away from the unit and prune the areas that are too close.
It’s important that you have your unit inspected periodically. Give us a call at (770) 532-9130, and we’ll make sure that your air conditioner is there for you when you need it most.