The warm air is just starting to rush in, and what South Carolina residents know, is that in no time at all their air conditioning will be working overtime! Because the air conditioning only breaks on days when the temperatures soar or on Saturday night when HVAC repair companies in Summerville, SC are closed, maintenance is the best way to avoid a costly emergency repair call or sitting around sweating it out.
These tips will help you to avoid the need for an HVAC repair!
Clean up Around the Air Conditioner
Since air conditioning units are on the outside of the house, they are often ignored. But if you have leaves or debris built up around your air conditioning unit, it can lead to excess wear and tear on your fan. And after a while, your fan will give way!
Or, if you have branches that are starting to encroach on your unit, they should be cut back so that there isn’t a chance that they can break off and damage your air conditioner. Take time once a month to clean up around your air conditioning unit and check for signs of trouble.
Change Your Air Filters
Air filters are your HVAC’s last defense against dust and debris making its way into your ductwork and limiting airflow. If you don’t change them often enough, it is putting excess stress on your air conditioner and making it work harder than it should. And clogged filters also reduce the air quality of your home! South Carolina spring means pollen, and as heavy as it can be, it is imperative that you change your air filters monthly to prevent your air conditioning system from needing to be repaired.
HVAC Maintenance is Key
If you turned your cool to heat last fall and didn’t have your air conditioner maintained, now is a great time to do it. Not only will regular maintenance help to reduce the risk of needing to make a call for repairs, it will also extend the life of your unit. During a maintenance appointment, a trained technician can also spot signs of trouble before it becomes serious. And prevention is always way less expensive than a repair or replacement call!
Be Mindful When it Might Be Time to Replace Your Unit
Of course, no one wants to spend the money to replace their air conditioning unit. But it is much better to head up the need for a replacement or upgrade than to wait until the system fails and be stuck in a jam. If you know that your air conditioner is close to the end of its life expectancy, make the call to preempt being in a sticky and sweaty situation. Newer models might be an investment but air conditioners today have better energy ratings, which will save you money. And it doesn’t make much sense to continue to repair an air conditioner if it is on its way out.
Spring has hit South Carolina and what we Southerners know is that spring is short-lived and then comes the heat hard and fast. To make sure that you aren’t left sweating it out, take action to get your air conditioner in top shape before you put it to work. If you should need a repair, call Carney and Son.