The last thing you want in the middle of a hot summer day is to find that your home's central air conditioning has stopped working. Not only will you be uncomfortable until a repair company can come out and take care of the problem, but you'll also be left with an unexpected and potentially large repair bill. Are you making any of these common air conditioning maintenance mistakes? If so, then you could be drastically increasing your chances of running into an expensive AC repair at your home in the near future.
1. Allowing Unruly Landscaping
Do you have any shrubs, trees, or other larger plants growing around your outdoor central air conditioning unit? If so, then make sure their branches are trimmed and pruned back away from the unit itself. Otherwise, you could end up with a blockage of air flow that can cause your AC to work harder than it needs to, thus leading to premature repairs. Furthermore, when plants and branches grow into the unit itself, they could eventually end up hitting the ventilation fan and causing blades to crack or break.
2. Not Changing Air Filters
The frequency with which you should change your AC filter can vary depending on the specific HVAC system you have set up at your home--but in general, you shouldn't go more than a few months without replacing your old filter with a fresh, clean one. This entire process should take no more than five minutes of your time and can make all the difference in prolonging the life of your home's AC. Dirty filters prevent proper air flow, which can cause premature wear and tear. Not to mention, a dirty air filter means you have dirty air circulating throughout your home.
3. Foregoing Annual Tune-Ups
Finally, if you don't already have a service plan set up for your home's AC system, now is the time to find a reputable HVAC company to handle this for you. Annual inspections and tune-ups are the best form of preventative maintenance, and they usually don't cost very much at all. Some HVAC companies may even offer a service plan that includes inspections/tune-ups of your home's heating and plumbing systems as well!
If you're making any of these common AC maintenance mistakes, the good news is that they're easy to remedy. From there, you can take better care of your home's cooling system and avoid potentially costly repairs. To learn more, contact a company like All Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning.