The hot and humid weather that accompanies summer has arrived and while its great to enjoy hiking, cycling, a farmer’s market and outdoor concerts, there are times when you want to just stay cool in the comfort of your home.
This time of year, we can experience extended periods of hot and humid weather – remember last summer? When temperatures reach 95 degrees outside your air conditioner is going to run about 22 to 23 hours each day. Now that’s a major workout! So, to ensure your air conditioner is working at peak performance and keeping you and your family cool on those sizzling summer nights, here are several tips to help avoid repair despair.
- First and foremost, change the filter on your system every month. A dirty filter can restrict air flow into the system and decrease its efficiency.
- Trim any vegetation near your air conditioner unit. When it gets hot outside, plants and bushes can restrict air flow around the air conditioner unit making it work harder to keep you cool inside.
- Peek at the condenser coils. If they are dirty or have dirt build-up between the coils you should rinse the coils with water from a garden hose. If the dirt build-up between the coils is excessive, its best to have a service technician clean the coils.
- Give your air conditioner a break by adjusting the thermostat up a degree or two. This can also help you save on energy costs without it causing you to be uncomfortable.
- Regular, preventive maintenance on your home heating and cooling system is the best way to guarantee peak performance — and protect against potentially expensive issues down the road. A complete inspection by a trained service technician twice a year will give you peace of mind that your systems are running at optimal safety and efficiency.
Should your air conditioner stop working, check these items before calling your service technician:
- Check the breaker panel for both the air conditioning and the furnace, and see if the breaker is tripped. If you reset the breaker and it trips again, please contact your service technician as this is the sign of a larger issues with your system.
- Most furnaces have a light switch on or near the furnace. Sometimes we can accidentally switch the power off to the unit. Just flip the switch to on, and you are back in business.
- Make sure your thermostat has a fresh set of batteries. Sometimes weak batteries can impact the performance of your thermostat.
If these simple fixes don’t do the trick, then contact us or give us a call at 515-244-8911. Our service technicians are on call 24 hours a day.