The higher these summer temperatures climb, the more people are discovering operational issues with their old air conditioning systems. Some of these problems occur because the units are old or breaking down, but more often than not, it’s because homeowners are making mistakes when caring for them. These mistakes may seem small, but when they’re repeated, they can lead to long-term damage.
In fact, here are three of the most common ways people incorrectly operate or maintain their air conditioning units.
They don’t keep the unit in a protected space. When debris blows into the unit, it can cause obstructions and make your AC work overtime. However, leaves and other blockages aren’t the only things you need to worry about – critters can also climb inside the unit and wreak havoc. Make sure that your AC unit is sealed off and protected from outside damage.
- People put off replacing or cleaning the air filters. You’ve probably heard this advice a million times, but here goes: Make sure to change your filters frequently. Dirty filters can cause serious problems with your system, and they can even cause allergies or make them worse!
- Doors and windows aren’t properly sealed. Every bit of cold air that escapes from your house poses a problem. As air escapes through cracks, open doors, unsealed windows, and other places, your air conditioner will work hard to replace it and keep the house cold.
Are you guilty of any of these mistakes? If so, you might need to have an HVAC company like Northern's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® a look at your system. Their trained experts will be able to spot any problems and repair them quickly. They can also help with the installation of a new system, if necessary or desired. To learn more or schedule an emergency appointment, give them a call today at (763) 284-8639.