These 7 tips for air conditioner maintenance will keep away hot, sleepless nights.
7 Ways to Avoid Having an Air Conditioner Emergency Repair
Hey friends! The worst situations are those times when your air conditioner fails in the middle of a serious heat wave, am I right? We had this happen over the summer, and more than once we had to spend a few sleepless nights with no air conditioning. It makes for a miserable night, let me tell you. and if you have experienced it yourself, I’m sure you know. If this happens to you, it can be a disaster. Your air conditioning contractor may be booked solid with repair work and maintenance, leaving you and your family uncomfortable in a hot situation. The best defense against a broken air conditioner is prevention. Here are seven ways tips for air conditioner maintenance so you can avoid an emergency repair.
1. Buy a Home Warranty
One way to keep your home’s air conditioning unit running consistently is to invest in a comprehensive home warranty. Not only is a home warranty policy a great way to save money on major appliance repairs, it can also give you a little more peace of mind that your home will be taken care of if a serious system breaks down. Many home warranty companies also have a network of repair companies that offer emergency service any time of day. We purchased a Home warranty when we bought our current home, and we have renewed it each year since. It has been a huge help whenever we have had a problem. We had to get a new hot water heater a few years ago, and it was completely covered. It has also covered many other things since we have lived here. Having this gives up peace of mind.
2. Change Your Filters
Besides being ready for anything with a top warranty plan, you should also focus some of your attention on your actual air conditioning unit. There are a few essential and easy tasks you should periodically complete to help keep your air conditioner working at its peak. Be sure to regularly change your air conditioner’s filters, so the air going out into your home is cleaner and fresher. It is a good idea to write the date on your filter when you change it, that was if you forget, you can easily know when it was last changed. My husband always does this.
3. Clean Your Air Ducts
It’s also helpful to your air conditioner and your home’s indoor air quality to have a good network of air ducts and vents throughout your home. If any part of your venting system is clogged, it can impact your air conditioner’s performance and make it work harder. It’s best to hire a professional to do a thorough duct cleaning and remove any built up dust or grime that may be lining your system.
4. Open Your Vents
Your vents also play a role in the efficiency and performance of your HVAC unit. Some homeowners make their air conditioners work extra hard because they accidentally left an unused room’s vent closed off. Or, they may have a few damaged vents throughout their home that are making their HVAC system work too hard. It’s best to make sure your vents are open and operational throughout your home.
5. Schedule Yearly Maintenance
Next, be sure you schedule yearly maintenance appointments for your heating and air conditioning unit. Most contractors recommend you schedule a maintenance visit in between the busy seasons of summer and winter. This way, if any problems come up, your contractor can schedule an air conditioning repair during regular business hours and save you big time on emergency costs after hours.
6. Hire a Trusted Contractor
Of course, it’s a necessity to have a trusted contractor on your team to help you keep your system running smoothly. It’s much more expensive and frustrating to find a contractor when there’s an emergency. This could also lead to you paying much more than you need to and getting bad service and poor quality workmanship.
7. Replace an Older Unit
Lastly, if your HVAC unit is decades old, it’s only a matter of time before an emergency happens. A better plan is to order a replacement during your contractor’s off season so you can save more money instead of paying for a higher priced unit when your system finally breaks. It’s better to take your time when researching new HVAC units and order the one with the best performance at the most reasonable cost.
If your air conditioner suddenly conks out in the middle of the summer season, you don’t have very many options if you need it to get it up and running fast. A better idea is to be proactive and make sure your HVAC is running well and efficiently so you can avoid a costly bill. These 7 tips for air conditioner maintenance should help you rest easy knowing your air conditioning system is in good working order.
Do you have any additional tips and tricks for maintaining your air conditioning unit? Or, do you have any nightmarish stories to share about yours breaking down at an inopportune time? I would love for you to share away in the comments!
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