22 Apr 2020

8 Tips to keep your AC functioning optimally

Does your air conditioner have a name yet? If not, that either means your air conditioner is brand new, or that you hire a local Phoenix AC company to provide maintenance services each year.

For the rest of you, not only does your AC have a name, you talk to it often.

It may go something like this:

You turn on the air conditioner, and before it starts running, it puts out a few strange noises. You catch yourself saying,

“No, Hoss, not today, you gotta keep running. Quit making those sounds.”

At times you may find yourself begging your appliance to keep running smoothly. Some people try and bargain with their AC.

“I promise, I’ll get you new filters next week. Just make it through the day.”

It’s okay. We have all been there. Maybe not with the air conditioner, but with a car or some other device on which we rely.

The good news is that you don’t have to converse with your AC anymore. There are things you can do to help your AC function optimally, even in the hot Phoenix summers. We can help you avoid those scary moments of thinking your system is on the brink.

  1. Clean Filters

Nothing performs at its best when it’s clogged with dirt, dust, or debris. Filters are supposed to be cleaned regularly. Check your filter at least once a month, and if you see buildup, clean it, or replace the filter altogether.

  1. Keep AC and Thermometer in a Cool Place

Don’t place your air conditioner or its thermometer sitting directly in the line of the hot Arizona sun. The sunlight can heat your unit, causing it to become overworked. Keep the area shaded, and it will function better longer. One of our technicians at AZ Perfect Comfort can help you find the best location for your AC.

  1. Weatherize

If your home has windows and doors that have lost their sealing and allow air to flow in and out their edges, your AC could suffer. Weatherizing, or sealing, or replacing windows and doors will keep the cold air inside your home.

  1. Clean the Exterior

Air conditioner systems are installed outside your home. The condenser, compressor, and coils are all going to be affected by dirt and debris that floats around your Phoenix neighborhood. We’ve seen twigs, branches, coins, rocks, and many other types of debris find their way into the AC. Some of which have done damage to the unit. Making sure outside AC parts are clean can help it function properly.

  1. Duct Boosters

Any HVAC professional will agree that duct systems don’t get the attention they deserve. Without a properly functioning duct, though, your AC will malfunction. Today, there are duct boosters, or put, fans that are installed inside your ducts to help push air to areas of your home that never seem to cool off. This is a job for the HVAC experts near your Phoenix neighborhood.

  1. Annual Assessment

It is highly recommended to have your AC examined by a local air conditioning company every year. An assessment is inexpensive but can save you a lot of money in the long run. In less than an hour, a local air conditioning technician can tell you if your system is running great, or if it needs a few tweaks.

  1. Get Educated

When your local HVAC guy comes over to assess your AC, they can also take this time to teach you how to maintain your air conditioner all by yourself. There are simple tasks you can do that will help you avoid the need to call for repairs. Like, how to use a fin comb to clean the fins on your AC the right way. When you are taught jobs like this, you don’t have to pay a technician to do it.

  1. Find the Air Leaks

Windows and doors are not the only areas in which air can leak in your home. A good air conditioning technician can show you all these tricky places that can steal the cold air coming from your AC. Areas around outlets, where brick and wood meet, behind knee walls in your attic, recessed lighting, and even around wiring that runs through the home.

Believe it or not, these are just a few of the tips we can teach you. Give us a call so we can help you learn more about keeping your AC functioning optimally.

AZ Perfect Comfort provides services in the following areas:

  • Phoenix AZ
  • Glendale AZ
  • Peoria AZ
  • Sun City AZ
  • Cave Creek AZ
  • Scottsdale AZ
  • Youngtown AZ
  • El Mirage AZ
  • Carefree AZ
  • Paradise Valley AZ
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