The last thing you want is for your air conditioner to stop working in the middle of a sweltering hot and humid Birmingham, Alabama, summer. Of course, it’s best to call an HVAC maintenance professional if your AC unit is having issues, but there are some steps you can take to help yours stay in good operating condition. Remember, prevention is the best cure when it comes to appliances too, so we recommend a maintenance service call every spring.
Check the Filters
Before summer starts, check all the air filters in your home. In most cases, you will need to replace them before the air conditioning system starts having to work it’s hardest. Dirty filters get clogged, forcing the HVAC system to have to overextend itself to push air. Dirty filters are instrumental in running up your energy bills and stressing the AC unit’s compressor.
Place the Outdoor Unit in the Shade
You may not realize how much the placement of your exterior unit affects the functionality of your HVAC system. It should be placed in the shade, allowing it to draw cooler air in. This means it won’t have to work as hard to condition the air before it is circulated around the house.
Clean Debris Off the Outdoor Condenser
Over the fall, debris like leaves and dirt can gather on and around your air conditioner’s condenser. Clear this off. If you don’t, it could cause a variety of hazards. The debris that collects on the compressor can trap the heat in the unit, causing it to overheat and overwork. Don’t forget to remove grass clippings and keep landscape plants trimmed 3 feet away.
Call in the Pros
If you aren’t sure when to call a professional to service your HVAC, look for the following signs:
- Your air conditioner is more than 10 years old.
- You’re getting weak airflow.
- The cooling is spotty and not uniform throughout the house.
- Your unit makes a lot of noise when running—more so than is usual.
If you have questions about how to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system, give us a call today at Skelton Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration.
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