Temperatures are rising and so is the amount of time you have your air conditioner on. During the summer months, your air conditioner runs the risk of overheating. But don’t worry! Below are several great tips on how you can help to maintain your AC so it does not overheat.
1.) Change filter – The filter prevents dust, allergens, hair, and other particles from entering your home. A dirty filter can cause blocked airflow and result in the overheating of your air conditioner.
2.) Clean condenser coils – The heated air from inside your home is taken outside through the condenser coils. Dirt and mud can block the coils and restrict airflow within the A/C unit.
3.) Check refrigerant levels – A qualified professional should check your refrigerant during an annual tune up. Low refrigerant can cause the system to run longer and inefficiently. A few signs that the refrigerant is low include: your home is not being cooled as quick as before, A/C has a difficult time cooling your home, especially on hot days, and the outside unit is covered in ice.
4.) Create shade for the A/C unit – If your air conditioner is in direct sunlight from noon-4pm, the unit could overheat. Try planting trees, shrubs, and/or bushes around your air conditioner to decrease the heat. Be sure to plant plants at least 2 feet away from the unit to ensure the air flow is not blocked.
5.) Have your A/C unit serviced by a professional at least annually – This will make sure your HVAC system is in good working condition for the upcoming season.
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