As any homeowner in an area which sees sizzling summer temperatures, keeping your air conditioner in tip-top shape and running well will pay big dividends in both the unit’s day-to-day functioning and the life of the unit. This will help prevent costly A/C repair bills. Here we will take a look at some of the top Charlotte A/C repair tips you can take to extend the life of your A/C unit.
Use a digital programmable thermostat
Using a programmable thermostat helps to extend the life of your A/C unit by helping you to cut down on the unit’s overall workload, thereby putting less strain on the system. For example, instead of keeping the home at a comfortable 75 degrees all day, which would be the situation with a regular thermostat, a digital thermostat could cool the home down in time for you to come home to a comfortable home, instead of maintaining the home at the ideal temperature all day long. An added bonus is that you will likely see a reduced electricity bill.
Have your unit serviced regularly
Servicing your A/C unit is just as important as servicing your car. You should have your unit looked over by a qualified A/C repair person at least once per season, preferably once the weather has begun to warm up outside, but before you have to turn the system on. If there are any problems, a qualified technician can potentially diagnose them early, before the problem gets worse. Additionally, the service technician will give you suggestions about your particular unit which will help you better maintain it and extend its life.
One of the best ways to extend the life of your A/C unit is to prevent it from having to work too hard in the first place. By closing your blinds, you will reduce some of the sunlight coming into your home, but the trade-off is that you will also reduce the heat entering your home. This means that your A/C unit will have to work less in order to maintain the ideal temperature.
Turn off your humidifier
There are several reasons you may not want to run your humidifier in the summertime, including:
- In most areas summertime is already the most humid time of year
- Adding additional moisture to already humid air may cause problems with mold in areas of the home where there is insufficient circulation
- Making the air more humid means that your A/C will have to run longer to achieve the ideal temperature
Make sure your humidifier is set to “summer” mode or “off” during the hotter months of the year.
Dry clothes at night
Not only can the very use of the dryer cause a heat buildup in the home, depending on the age and model of the unit and its ventilation system, but the dryer works by blowing air out of the home which causes a compensating intake of air into the house. The air intake is hottest during the day, so it is better to use the dryer at night.
Perform routine maintenance yourself
There is a certain amount of routine maintenance that the homeowner is required to perform in order to ensure that the A/C is working properly and will continue to do so long into the future. Such maintenance includes:
- Change the filter regularly
- Make sure the outdoor condenser unit is sitting on level ground and is completely clear of weeds, trees, and other obstructions
- Clear your A/C water line periodically by pouring one cup of bleach into the line and then flushing it with a gallon of water
By following the above tips you can help keep your A/C running smoothly, and in great condition in the long run. But make no mistake, if you ever sense something is wrong it is best to immediately call a qualified technician for A/C repair in Charlotte, instead of trying to diagnose and fix the issue yourself.