A well-maintained air conditioner keeps your home comfortable in the warmer months. And it could even save you a few dollars. One of the most significant contributors to the cost of air conditioning is the system you have in place.
For instance, a poorly maintained A/C unit doesn’t efficiently cool your space, resulting in utility bills that are twice as high as they should be. Not only that but skimping on A/C care could result in a laundry list of repairs and an even longer list of costs. Therefore, it’s essential to stay on top of your air conditioning maintenance. Today, we go over a few mistakes you should avoid.
Not Checking Filters
Tons of dirt and debris can build in your filters. This blocks airflow and can also cause the parts to work harder than necessary to operate. Not to mention, failing to clean your air filters can also cause dust and other harmful contaminants to be released into the air—which can be detrimental to you and your family’s health.
So, regularly checking and cleaning your filters could prevent unnecessary repairs and keep the air in your home clean and allergen-free.
Installing the Wrong Size
Choosing an AC that is too small or too large for your home could present major issues. An incorrect size A/C unit will have to work harder, which uses a lot of energy. Of course, this increases your electric bill and could cause the unit to burn out sooner.
Relying Only on Your A/C
Your A/C can’t do all the work. You can expect your air conditioner to make a 20-degree difference in the temperature inside from outdoor temperatures. For instance, if the temperature outside is 100 degrees, your A/C can’t get your home cooler than 80 degrees. So you can help your air conditioner work efficiently by using doing the following:
- Using ceiling fans
- Keeping curtains and blinds closed—or using blackout curtains and blinds
- Limiting oven use
Neglecting Coils and Fins
Your A/C unit’s condenser coils perform an essential task. They absorb heat from inside your home, while its evaporator coil and fins let heat transfer from the unit to the air outside. However, when dirt builds up on the coils and fins, it halts its ability to transfer heat, which prevents the unit from working efficiently.
This results in a higher electric bill and a possible AC repair bill. But the good news is that you can prevent this by occasionally checking your fins and coils, particularly after rainy or windy days.
Not Hiring a Professional
While most air conditioner maintenance tasks can be done yourself, some things should be left to the professionals. Attempting DIY repairs could result in even more damage to the unit.
A technician is trained and can quickly perform work to restore your air conditioner. Ultimately, hiring a professional can save time, money, and energy.