We never want to discourage homeowners who are trying to take care of their home appliances. We know that warning customers not to perform DIY maintenance or repairs can seem like a let-down, and we want to keep this blog as a positive place where we encourage homeowners to treat their homes with respect and care. Well, you’re in luck because there actually are a few things that homeowners can do to help improve their AC units.
Before you pick up the toolbox and get to repairing your air conditioner on your own, remember that repairs and maintenance should always be done by a professional. But repairs and maintenance aren’t the only things that an AC needs, and it’s your job to provide everything else. Leave the complex and risky AC repair in Georgetown, ON to a professional, and take on some of the more long-term projects that will keep your home comfortable and efficient.
Change the Air Filter
Your air conditioner relies on an air filter to protect the interior components from dust and debris. We recommend changing this filter every 1-3 months, which means that homeowners must be responsible for this. Our team can help you figure out how to do it, or to locate the air filter initially, but you’re going to need to change this on your own to be able to get the most out of your system.
By changing your air filter regularly, you can avoid a whole host of AC problems and maintain peak efficiency!
Clean and Clear Around the System
Your air conditioner has an outdoor component that needs to have access to the air around it. If it gets covered with dirt, debris, or is used by pets for nesting, then you might end up dealing with some serious problems. Treat your air conditioner like another structural component of your home and take care of it. Mow the grass around it and clear the nearest two feet of it with a broom so that it has maximum airflow and efficiency.
Set Your Thermostat Correctly
Your thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system. In order for your air conditioner to run efficiently, it needs to have input from you!
Check your thermostat regularly and set up some general rules around the house for what temperature it should be set at. Remember, your air conditioner can’t realistically cool your home more than 20 degrees below the outdoor temperature, so try and keep your home mildly cool when things get hot out there!
Monitor Your System
As much as a professional is a helpful resource, you are the one that spends the most time with your AC at home. So, you should be able to tell when something feels off, when a strange sound is being made, or when the unit is just acting weird.
We recommend that homeowners keep a close eye on their system and take notes of any funky things. Then, be sure to relay this information to a professional when you call them for repairs. This can help pinpoint the problem and make sure it works the way you want it to.
Does your AC need a bit of extra help? Call Peatson’s Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd. for comprehensive AC support.