Keeping your home cool during sweltering summer months is essential and often requires a bit of technical finesse, especially when it comes to managing your air conditioning. When our AC starts behaving erratically, we often rush to find professional help. At times like these, understanding common air conditioning problems and their solutions can save you time and money. Chadds Ford Climate Control is here to help you with a few DIY tips to keep your air conditioning system running smoothly.
Tip 1: Regular Filter Replacement
The easiest yet most important step in maintaining your AC’s functionality is replacing your air filters regularly. Clogged or dirty filters block the normal airflow reducing the system’s efficiency.
Tip 2: Clean the AC Coils
The evaporator and condenser coils collect dirt over time. This dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, reducing its ability to absorb heat. Be sure to clean your AC coils annually for optimal performance.
Tip 3: Unclog the Drain Channel
Pass a stiff wire through the AC’s drain channels to unclog them. Clogged drain channels prevent the unit from reducing humidity, resulting in excess moisture that can discolor your walls or carpet.
Tip 4: Leaking issues
Check your AC for any refrigerant leakage. If your AC is low on refrigerant, it likely means it was undercharged at installation or it leaks. Hire a trained technician to fix any leaks, test the repair, and then recharge the system with the correct amount of refrigerant.
Tip 5: Check the Thermostat
Ensure that the thermostat is working properly and if it’s an older, mechanical type, consider upgrading to a programmable model. Programmable thermostats let you set the temperature higher when no one is home (saving you money) and cool down the house about half an hour before people return home.
Remember, addressing minor issues before they escalate can save you from costly repairs or even a full AC installation. Use these tips to keep your AC running in tip-top shape during the heat of the summer. Regular maintenance not only fixes immediate problems but also prevents future issues, doubling the lifespan of your air conditioning system and saving you money in the long run.
Nonetheless, some complex situations might require professional assistance. If you find yourself in over your head, we at Chadds Ford Climate Control are always eager to lend a hand. With our expert services, your comfort is guaranteed.