Cooling The Home

Warm weather often means the beginning of running the air conditioner. The last thing that you want is to turn it on for no cold air to come out. Anything can happen over the winter season if you don’t maintain the unit. There are AC repair companies that can come to the home to check the overall system, the filters and the thermostat to see what could be wrong. There are a few maintenance tips that you can keep in mind so that the unit stays in the best shape possible for the home.

Filters
Check the filter for the unit at the beginning of the summer season. There will likely be dust on the filter that can prevent air from flowing through the unit and into the home. It’s sometimes best to get a new filter instead of cleaning the one that is there. If you want a fresh scent in the home, then get a filter that has an air freshener made into the material. A filter that isn’t completely dirty can often be rinsed off and left to dry, but don’t put it outside to dry as it can warp it so that it doesn’t fit back into the unit the right way.

Wiring
Examine the wiring and the other electrical components to ensure that they are in proper working condition. A repair company can usually come out to look at the wires if you don’t feel safe being around the electrical part of the unit. Turn the power off to the unit before working with the wires. At times, birds could get into the unit to make a nest, causing the wires to become frayed. A storm could cause damage if lightning hits the unit.

Thermostat
An important part of the unit is the thermostat. This is where you will adjust the temperature in the home. Some are programmable, allowing you to set a temperature for various times of the day, such as when you aren’t home or when you’re asleep. Check the batteries in the thermostat and to see that it’s properly connected and functioning with the unit. Older units might need to be replaced to ensure that they are working in the right way for the system that you have in place. An easy way to check the system is to turn the unit on for about 30 minutes to see if it will go off and come back on at the temperature that you have set.

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