When the weather warms up, you rely on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable at all times. However, if you're like most homeowners, you likely end up making a few mistakes when it comes to maintaining your HVAC system. Here are a few of the most common mistakes people make with their units and how you can avoid them in the future.
Not Changing the Filters
No matter how large or small your air conditioner is, you'll need to change out the filters regularly. Air conditioner filters keep dirt, allergens, and debris from making it inside your home. As a result, filters can get clogged quickly, especially if you're running the system all day, every day. Over time, these clogs put a strain on your unit and may lead to more frequent repairs. Change your filters at least once every three months and inspect them every month if you're using your system daily.
Not Scheduling Regular Tune-UpsIt's not uncommon for
homeowners to only think of their HVAC system when something is broken.
However, when it comes to keeping your AC unit working efficiently,
you'll want to schedule annual preventative maintenance
appointments with your technician. Doing so will help keep your air
conditioner in good shape and reduce the risk of unexpected repairs
during the warmest part of the year. Schedule a tune-up for your AC at
least once per year.
Ignoring High Energy Bills
During the heat of the summer, you expect your energy bills to increase. However, if they're higher than normal, don't assume that it's due to your AC usage. When an air conditioner is failing, it becomes less efficient and has to work harder to maintain the temperature you set on the thermostat. If you notice higher-than-normal energy bills, schedule an inspection with your HVAC technician. They'll be able to make sure your unit is working properly and address any minor repair issues that may impact the unit's efficiency.
Ready to get your air conditioner ready for everything the summer heat can bring? Contact us at Blackie's Heating and Air Conditioning today and schedule a tune-up with one of our experienced technicians.