Your air conditioning unit is probably something you don’t think about too often, unless you’re starting to crank up the cool air as summer overtakes spring. Now is the best time to give your AC unit a little TLC, making sure it’s ready to keep your home comfortable during the hottest temperatures of the next few months.
Luckily, there are some super-simple quick tricks you can use to care for your AC unit immediately. Here are four of the easiest things you can start with.
1. Replace your air filters. Be honest – you know you’re supposed to do this more often than you actually do. Replacing your filter or cleaning it (if it’s a reusable one) is incredibly important. Not only will you help prevent allergies and breathing problems in your household, you’ll also prevent your system from working overtime as it blows air through a dirty, dusty filter.
2. Clear away any debris. Your outside unit will occasionally collect things like dirt, branches, leaves, and trash. This can prevent your unit from running at full capacity, and therefore cause you to spend more on your electricity bill. Turn off power to the unit, then use your hands or a garden hose to remove the obstructions.
3. Test your thermostat. All thermostats can run into problems and stop monitoring your home’s temperature correctly. The older your thermostat is, the higher the chance that it’s not completely accurate. A broken thermostat can cause your AC unit to work much harder than it needs to in order to keep the area cool.
4. Examine the unit’s electrical connections. All of the connections should fit together tightly in order for the unit to function properly. If you notice any problems with the wiring and electrical components, you’ll need to call in an HVAC professional to help.
Although these tips will all help extend the lifespan of your unit and keep you cool during the summer, sometimes you need a little extra help. That’s where Robert B. Payne, Inc. steps in. Their trained technicians can conduct a thorough examination of your heating and cooling system to ensure that everything is in tip-top shape. To schedule your inspection, call today at 540-373-5876.