As the temperature rises, your home’s air conditioner becomes essential to keeping your family comfortable. But with regular use, your air conditioner can become less efficient, leading to higher energy bills and costly repairs. In this guide, we’ll discuss some tips to keep your home’s air conditioner working efficiently.
Regular maintenance is key to keeping your air conditioner working efficiently. A well-maintained air conditioner will run smoother and use less energy, saving you money on your energy bills. Some maintenance tasks you can perform include:
- Change the air filter regularly: A dirty air filter can restrict airflow and make your air conditioner work harder than it needs to.
- Clean the evaporator and condenser coils: Dirt and debris can accumulate on the coils, making it harder for them to absorb and release heat.
- Clear the area around the outdoor unit: Make sure there is at least two feet of clearance around the unit to ensure proper airflow.
In addition to regular maintenance, it’s essential to have your air conditioner professionally maintained at least once a year. A professional technician can identify any potential issues and provide necessary repairs or maintenance to keep your system running smoothly. Some professional maintenance tasks include:
- Refrigerant level check: Low refrigerant levels can cause your air conditioner to work harder and use more energy.
- Check electrical connections: Loose or corroded electrical connections can cause your air conditioner to short-circuit or fail.
- Check the thermostat: Make sure your thermostat is calibrated correctly to ensure proper temperature control.
Efficient use of your air conditioner can also help keep it running efficiently and save you money on energy bills. Some tips for efficient use include:
- Set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature: Setting your thermostat too low can cause your air conditioner to work harder than necessary.
- Use ceiling fans: Ceiling fans can help circulate cool air throughout your home, allowing you to set the thermostat a few degrees higher.
- Keep windows and doors closed: Ensure windows and doors are closed when your air conditioner is running to prevent cool air from escaping.
When to Replace
Finally, it’s important to know when it’s time to replace your air conditioner. Some signs that it may be time to replace include:
- Frequent breakdowns: Replacing your air conditioner may be more cost-effective if you’re experiencing frequent breakdowns or repairs.
- High energy bills: An inefficient air conditioner can lead to higher energy bills, even with regular maintenance.
- Age: Air conditioners typically last 10-15 years, so if your unit is reaching its maximum lifespan, it may be time to replace it.
Choose Capital City Mechanical and Chimney
At Capital City Mechanical and Chimney, we specialize in residential and commercial air conditioning services. Our skilled technicians have the expertise to provide regular maintenance and professional repairs to keep your air conditioner running efficiently. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and experience working with trusted professionals in the industry.