Prevent A/C Trouble with These Tips

March 12, 2015

It never fails. Toronto is experiencing record heat and the air conditioner in your home begins blowing out warm air or stops working entirely. Along with hundreds of other people in our town, you grab the phone to call your HVAC specialist, and suffer with the heat until they arrive. While some A/C issues absolutely require a professional to service them, here are a few tips that can be used to reduce the possibility of this happening to you this summer.

Max-Out the Air Flow

For the A/C system to work correctly, you need to ensure the air is pulling through properly, including recirculating air inside your home. If the air flow is blocked in any way, it can result in trouble and repair costs. To guarantee great air flow, make sure to keep space around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes trimming back vegetation and cleaning dirt away from vents.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Controlling the consumption of your indoor energy use is simple with a programmable thermostat. Set your thermostat to be on only when you are actually in your home.

Also, program your thermostat for extended run-cycles. While this action won’t prevent problems, it can help reduce humidity in your Toronto area home. This can provide a more comfortable environment, plus keep mold spores from growing in your home.

Watch Out for Those Pests

Some bugs and pests are attracted to central air units, which can be harmful if they get inside the system. To keep ants and other pests away, use an eco-friendly pesticide around the exterior of the unit and check on it regularly throughout the summer.

Stay Level

Most outdoor A/C units are placed on a concrete slab or other platform, allowing them a level base of operation. However, the weight of the unit and ground moisture can cause your unit’s platform to sag or sink, impacting the performance of the air conditioner. Every now and then, look at your outdoor component to confirm that the base continues to stay level.

Of course, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are very important to keep your air conditioner functioning well. Call 289-201-2346 to schedule annual maintenance service before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. Keeping these tips in mind, you may be able to minimize A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.

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