When the summer sun is heating things up across Florida, it is a relief to know you have a cool and comfortable home where you can escape. A well-functioning system is a necessity!
Prevent a breakdown this summer and avoid these common air-conditioning mistakes…
Mistake #1: Not Changing The Air Filter
At the bare minimum, you should be changing your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) filter every three months — or more often if you have pets! In Florida, we recommend swapping them out monthly because of our excessive humidity and allergens.
A dirty filter will adversely affect the efficiency of your unit, increase energy costs, and could result in future breakdowns.
Mistake #2: Ignoring Red Flags
We get it…life is busy, and calling in a technician is not always convenient. But, if you ignore warning signs such as leaking, loud noises, or increased energy bills, you can risk damaging the unit and the possibility of costly repairs.
When problems are addressed proactively with preventive maintenance, repairs tend to be more affordable. Do not wait until your AC breaks down to call in a technician for emergency repairs. We recommend scheduling preventive maintenance every 4-6 months.
Don’t ignore red flags! Schedule preventive maintenance to ensure that your AC system runs smoothly and efficiently all Summer long!
Mistake #3: Not Having The Right-size Unit
Buying a unit that is the correct size for your home depends on your home’s space, the height of the ceilings, and other factors.
Before choosing a new unit, it is wise to consult an HVAC professional to ensure that your unit is the right size. AC units that are too small or too large could lead to inefficiencies.
Mistake #4: Adjusting The Thermostat
When it is swelteringly hot outside, it is natural to want to adjust the thermostat to cool things down. There are two issues with doing so:
- You may turn it down much lower than necessary.
- You may forget to return it to a reasonable setting.
Avoid this problem and install a programmable or “smart” thermostat. This allows you to maintain consistent temperatures in your home without constantly controlling the thermostat.
Air Conditioner Repair in Southwest Florida
Repairing a broken air conditioner or installing a new unit is a major investment for homeowners in Southwest Florida. If our experience over four decades has taught us anything, regular maintenance and addressing issues as they occur is the most effective way to prevent emergency repairs and the need for a new unit.
Need air conditioner help? Give us a call today, (844) 921-2833!