During the sweltering summer months, it’s difficult to imagine living in your house without your air conditioning system. Your family depends on your AC during the summer months to maintain the cool comfort inside your home, but there are many homeowners who actually make more work for their systems without realizing it. To help you make sure your protecting your AC unit, our HVAC techs have taken the time to put together this short list that identifies a number of common ways that you might be putting strain on your air conditioning system, and how you can fix it.
A common issue that tends to get overlooked is the thermostat. The thermostat is the hub for controlling the temperature setting throughout your home therefore, any issues with it will cause your system to work harder than it needs to. You want to make sure that your thermostat is powered on, has fully charged batteries, is cleaned out inside, and is level. If any issues are still present after ensuring that all of these boxes are checked, it’s best to call in a professional to see what might be causing the issue.
One of the most common reasons that air conditioning systems might not function properly is because of clogged or dirty air filters. Generally speaking, most air filters need to be changed out every three months, depending on the filter type and how much dirt, dust, and debris is trapped in it. Failure to change it can cause your system to work much harder than it should as it struggles to intake air. Air filters are easy enough to change out on your own and can be found at any home improvement store.
Similar to your air filter, your drain line can become clogged over time with mold and other deposits. When that happens, your drain pan will fill up, and water might start leaking out. This could cause damage to your air conditioning unit or anything around the pan if it happens. Pouring just one cap of bleach mixed with hot water down your drain line every so often can help to keep these clogs from forming. If the clog is bad enough, you’ll want to call in a professional AC company, like Air Design, to ensure that it’s properly removed.
If the coolant in your air conditioning system starts leaking, the unit will not be able to perform at it’s best. You’ll likely notice temperature fluctuations, as well as a many other issues start to pop up. Because the location of the leak can come from many places, and play a major role in the cost of AC repairs, it’s best to have an experienced Ac tech come out so you can get an informed opinion on the issue and what needs to be done in order to correct it.
These are all things you can check on a regular basis to help keep your AC unit in tip top shape. If you have any questions about these issues you can give Air Design a call at 202-Cool for an AC Check-Up.