The hot summer season increases our dependency on the air conditioner. Everybody wants to stay cool, and no compromise is acceptable. The cooling unit runs incessantly, which leads to frequent breakdowns. Consequently, the need for repairs also increases. When the demand for repairs increases, it becomes difficult to get hold of an HVAC technician promptly, making it necessary to wait even a day or two before somebody is free to inspect your unit.
Prevention is always better than cure. Instead of waiting for the technician to carry out the necessary rectification, what if we took steps to minimize the very need for AC repairs? That would be a more long-term and pocket-friendly solution. Today that is precisely our area of discussion.
Minimizing The Need For AC Repairs
There are several things that homeowners can do to ensure that AC breakdowns are not a frequent occurrence. Some very cost-effective methods are:
1. Preventive Maintenance – The first and foremost thing to take care of is the annual preventive maintenance of the AC. Just like your car, your AC too needs care and look after. The tune-up routine will check out the cooling system thoroughly. It allows the technician to catch problems early on and prevent them from causing disruptions later. A majority of AC problems arise only due to a lack of routine maintenance, yet many people fail to accept its importance. If you wish to cut down your AC’s demand for frequent repairs, the annual preventive maintenance will hold you in good stead.
2. Monthly Replacement Of Air Filter – Another most ignored component of the AC is the air filter. It helps maintain good indoor air quality by capturing the suspended particles in the air. Over time, if the filter is not replaced, it becomes clogged with dust, dirt, and debris. A clogged filter does not allow the air to pass freely, thereby not allowing the air unrestricted movement. When the airflow becomes insufficient, it puts strain on the system causing it to overheat and malfunction. Every month, changing the air filter will ensure good indoor air quality and an abundant air supply to and from the cooling system.
3. Keep The Unit Clean – A fundamental requirement of the AC is to keep both the indoor and the outdoor units clean. Though the indoor unit will not become dirty often, sadly, the same cannot be said for the outdoor unit. So the next time when the HVAC technician comes for a tune-up, pay attention to how they clean the outdoor unit. You don’t have to do that thoroughly at a job, but doing even half of it will be more than enough. It will prevent build-ups that are harmful to the unit and consequently reduce the need for repairs.
4. Use Ideal Thermostat Settings – Do not pressure the cooling unit by lowering the temperature more than the prescribed limit. Remember, your AC gives a fixed output, so it will not make your house cool faster when you reduce the temperature. Instead, it will only force the unit to work longer, leading to more wear and tear and subsequently problems caused thereof. Therefore, be a little patient. There is no need to take your frustration out on the thermostat.
5. Switch On The Ceiling Fan – The ceiling fan in your home is not for decoration. It is there to help cool the house, but alas, you rarely ever switch it on. Switching on the ceiling fan goes a long way in reducing the burden of work on the AC. When used together with the air conditioner, it can help cool the residence faster. In addition, using it will give your AC a chance to relax and work a little less. This way, there is no need for the unit to work exceptionally hard, as is the case during the peak of the summer season—the less the AC works, the less the need for repairs.
6. Use Drapes, Curtains, Or Blinds – Use heavy drapes, curtains, or blinds on the windows that get maximum sunlight. It will prevent the indoors from becoming too hot and allow your AC to operate stress-free and maintain the desired temperature indoors.
7. Keep The Vents And Registers Open – Another reason for stress and the subsequent need for AC repairs is closed vents and registers. Ideally, one should not close them as it can lead to pressure differences and even damage the ductwork. If you think that is a wastage of energy, you should probably think of zoning the house.
8. Remove Obstructions Around The Outdoor Unit – Bushes, shrubs, trees, and other pile-ups around the outdoor unit will restrict the airflow. Therefore, keep the immediate surroundings clean. It will keep the compressor working happily without tiring.
9. Ensure Quality Insulation Throughout The House – A big reason for the cold air to escape is poor insulation. When the cold air escapes, the indoors don’t stay comfortable for long, and the AC is forced to work long hours. Use good insulation in the complete house, even in the basement and attic. Just because you don’t spend much time in these places does not mean it’s okay to cut costs. It will only cause your AC to work overtime and demand more repairs.
10. Do Not Ignore Any Problems – Never ignore anything that was not there earlier, be it a sound, wet spots, strange smell, or frequent short cycling. Your instincts will guide you in this matter. Whenever something is a little off, it is indicative of some problem starting to develop within the unit. Quick redressal of the issue will mean cheap repairs and no lasting harm to the unit. The more you ignore a problem, the bigger it becomes and the more frequent trouble it gives, making for frequent and costly repairs.
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