We want you to enjoy a reliable AC system so you won’t end up trapped with an emergency AC repair in Selma, TX, or even an AC that needs a full replacement. We can help you as the season starts with a list of several ways you may be running your air conditioning system harder than necessary. When you know what to watch out for, you’ll not only help the air conditioner get through to fall without problems, you’ll also reduce the amount you spend to run it.
ONE: Forgetting to have it maintained
We often talk about regular HVAC maintenance and our maintenance program on our blog, and with good reason. This is one of the best services we offer—one that makes the biggest impact on our customers’ lives. When an AC has professional maintenance before summer, it will run with far less strain on its parts. Our technicians clean the unit, lubricate the motors, replace the filters, and other jobs that give the AC a fresh start for summer. Call us today to schedule maintenance if you haven’t already so you won’t forget this vital job.
TWO: Setting thermostat too low
Many people make the mistake of thinking that the lower the thermostat is set, the harder an AC runs to provide cooling. But this isn’t how it works: the low setting won’t cool your home any faster, and the AC works just as hard whether the thermostat is at 78°F or 63°F. What the lower setting does is force the air conditioner to run for longer. There’s no benefit to lowering the thermostat past your actual comfort level (we recommend trying 78°F) and you’ll force the air conditioner to wear down faster.
THREE: Not regularly changing the air filter
The air filter for an air conditioner protects it from dust and dirt infiltration coming through the return air ducts. It takes from one to three months for the filter to become excessively dirty with captured particles (the length of time depends on the filter strength), and then the filter will begin throttling airflow. This puts stress on the blower and blower motor, leading to higher energy bills and a chance of the blower breaking down. It can also cause the evaporator coil to freeze over. Keep a regular schedule to change the filter.
FOUR: You’ve ignored a repair issue
You may notice your air conditioner doing something odd, like emitting loud, unusual noises or starting and stopping more often. If you don’t also notice a drop in cooling, you might think the problem isn’t a big deal and decide not to call for repairs. This is a mistake! These signs can warn of serious malfunctions with impending consequences. You should never run an AC that needs repairs, because it will only cause more stress and lead to bigger problems. Call us right away for AC repairs.
At Thayer Air Conditioning, your comfort is our #1 priority! Call us when you need help with your air conditioning—we’re already on the way!