Though we haven’t reached our hottest period yet, we’ve had a few days approach 90°F recently. One of the most common HVAC emergency calls we get is from families who have elderly individuals or ill individuals living under their roof, and the AC has died on a 90°F degree day. While there may be times where an emergency like this is unavoidable, there are steps you can take to reduce the probability that it will happen to you. Keep reading to learn more.
Maintain Your Unit
We cannot stress the importance of regular air conditioning maintenance. During your maintenance appointment, your HVAC technician will complete a full inspection of your cooling system, will conduct cleaning, and will recommend repairs. It’s a good idea to take care of these repairs right away to avoid facing expensive emergency repairs later on down the road.
Change Your Filter Regularly
The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is designed to protect its inside components. However, if this filter gets clogged, then it may not only damage your system but it can restrict airflow and cause polluted air to enter your living space. We recommend changing your air filter every 3 months at least, but if you have a significant amount of contaminants in your home—pet dander, cigarette smoke—you may want to change it once a month.
Keep Outdoor Unit Clear of Debris
This is another regular task you should be performing. Be sure that there is no debris—dirt, grass, shrubbery, mulch—in or around your AC’s outdoor unit. This debris can restrict airflow and damage your system. While you’re at it, ensure that your indoor air handlers or vents are free of dirt and obstructions as well.
If you follow the above steps, you should be able to prevent air conditioning system breakdown. Keep in mind that you should also regularly check for signs of water or refrigerant leaks, and try not to make your air conditioner work harder than it needs to. Use energy-saving thermostat settings, particularly during the hottest days of the year, to keep the AC running as effectively as possible for as long as possible.
For air conditioning services in Alamo Heights, TX, call Riteway Service Co. today!