Even though electric air conditioning is under 100 years old, we've come to expect it as a fundamental part of everyday life--so much so that we might take it for granted. Well, until something breaks down and we find ourselves sweltering in the summer heat or we experience sticker shock over an electricity bill, that is.
These issues sometimes come about by simple mistakes. Here are a few tips on how you can avoid them so that you can go on living your best summer life.
Mistake Number 1: Not Changing Your Filter
Air conditioner filters are crucial components of your air conditioning system, but they can get clogged quickly. As they fill with dirt and dust, they block airflow and force your system to work harder, which often results in lost efficiency and higher electricity bills.
Fortunately, this is an easy DIY job. New filters cost less than $10, are easy to remove and install, and best of all, can lower your unit's energy consumption from 5% to 15%.
Mistake Number 2: Not Keeping Up With Maintenance
Anyone who has ever owned a sophisticated piece of machinery like a cell phone, computer, or car knows that even the best equipment wears out with time and use. And in a hot climate like Florida, where the air conditioning system runs throughout most of the year, the intricate parts and electronics in the system will show signs of stress eventually.
Some people wait until the machinery breaks down entirely--and as luck would have it, that tends to be on extremely warm days, as weather that would strain even a fully operational system proves to be too much for a weakened system to handle.
To keep this from happening to you, be sure to get qualified professionals to check out your system every year and perform a tune-up if necessary to keep you cool as a cucumber all summer long. Not only will this keep you nice and comfortable, but the increased efficiency from a proper cleaning will lower your electricity bill as well.
Mistake Number 3: Ignoring Minor Leaks
Even small leaks can mean big trouble when it comes to your home's air conditioning system. Some degree of condensation is normal, but you should look out for any refrigerant leaks and call a professional immediately upon noticing one. That spot might not look like much, but it can indicate serious problems in the unit that will only worsen over time, even eventual compressor failure.
Contact us the moment you notice a leak to keep your system running as efficiently and effectively as possible and to prevent more expensive repairs in the future.