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Tips to Keep the A/C Unit Working Like New

by Kristen White Blogger

There are three major components to the air conditioning system: thermostat, exterior compressor and the interior evaporator unit where the air exchange takes place and flows through the home. Each of these is an important link to the entire process working successfully and there are things you can do at home to help them operate at maximum capacity.

The interior unit has a filter that should be changed out every 30-90 days depending on the size and life cycle that the unit can support. It’s helpful to write down the date that you install the filter on the outer edge so that you can easily calculate when it needs to be changed again or write the ‘expiration’ date and put a reminder on your calendar. These filters can be purchased at any local home hardware store or you can buy them online in bulk so that you don’t run out when it comes time to make the change. This simple switch will allow the air to pass through easier instead of fighting the dirt and contaminants that builds up over time and clogs the filter. HVAC contractors in Houston will typically install the latest thermostat models when putting in a new A/C unit which means that you could have a programmable unit. This allows the home owner to preset the temperatures they want the A/C to run during the day based on their routine schedule.  Technicians recommend not shutting it off when you leave because the unit has to work harder when it is turned back on to get to the desired temperature.

The exterior compressor is exposed to the outdoor elements as well as open to kids and animals that run and play in the yard. It should sit on a concrete slab that is above the ground by at least a couple of inches to prevent flooding water from getting inside the unit. If possible, place a small fence or barrier (not shrubs or bushes) around it to prevent pets and kids from getting too close and accidentally damaging the equipment.  Small bents and nicks can be easily corrected by gently applying pressure with a butter knife or tool that closes the gap without breaking the mesh or wiring. At least once a month, tidy up around the unit by removing leaves, vacuuming the interior (just inside the metal case) and checking for any leaks or exposed wiring that could indicate there is an issue.

These are all tips that the homeowner can take care of on their own with little to no cost but another helpful hint is to schedule an annual air conditioner service in Houston for your unit. Technicians have the necessary expertise and experience to spot small issues that individuals would not notice or catch until they become larger when the A/C unit isn’t working as expected. Check online for a reasonably priced inspection service performed by a quality firm along with performing the above recommendations and your unit will last for a long time making the financial investment worth the cost.


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