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Proactive Steps to Avoid Costly and Stressful Air Conditioning Repair

Many homeowners worry about their AC unit conking out. Installing a new unit can cost anywhere between $3,000 and $7,000.

Fortunately, there is a way to beat these untimely costs: preventative maintenance. Simple steps, if done properly, can keep your AC unit working efficiently and for as long as possible. You don’t have to be burdened by extreme temperatures and costly repairs if you act now.

Clean the Evaporator Coil

It’s important to keep the evaporator coil clean, which gets dirty over time, because a dirty coil could cause it to overheat and malfunction. This is particularly important for outdoor evaporator coils, as they’re exposed to the elements.

If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning this part, let a professional handle it. They’ll use compressed air on the coils, allowing them to clean without having to get their hands dirty. For dirt and debris that are caked on and difficult to remove, they can use a special wire brush.

Maintenance Steps to Utilize to Avoid Costly Air Conditioning Repair

Don’t Keep the AC Unit Running

Keeping the AC unit constantly running every day not only drives up your energy bills, but it can cause serious damage. AC units that are always running reduce pressure in the evaporator until the coil freezes up. If left unattended, the refrigerant liquid may flood back to the compressor and cause severe damage.

Since you’re not as aware of body temperatures at night when sleeping, you can turn your AC up during this time. If you still find it difficult to sleep because you’re too hot, you can adjust the way you sleep.

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You could, for example, set up a box fan positioned directly near your bed, or use ceiling fans on a higher speed, if you have them. While your AC unit isn’t running, you can still stay cool and comfortable. You could also purchase a new set of cooling sheets, featuring breathable materials that help lower your body temperature.

Have the Unit Serviced Regularly

Troubleshooting air conditioning units can be difficult because there might not be just one root problem. That’s why it’s always important to have your AC unit routinely serviced by qualified personnel to deal with and prevent more costly air conditioning repair.

Important parts will be cleaned, including the air filter, evaporator coil, condensate drains, and coil fins. Once these parts are cleaned thoroughly, your AC unit should work more efficiently and you won’t have to worry as much about sudden breakdowns.

These professionals also check the refrigerant levels and make sure there aren’t any leaks. The airflow is also measured and thermostats are checked for accuracy. If any problems are present, you’ll be notified with a full report. Energy-saving tips may also be offered so you don’t spend a fortune keeping your home cool.

Keep the Vents Clean

When the vents in your home get too dirty, other parts may also get dirty. This causes your AC unit to work harder and could require repairs on a more frequent basis. You can avoid these costly issues by having your vents cleaned by a professional.

Companies like Brown & Reaves Services use portable vacuums to remove dust, dirt, pet dander, and other harmful substances. We’ll also clean the grilles and provide helpful tips that help keep integral parts clean throughout the year.

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Promote Better Airflow

Having proper airflow in your home is important not just for your health, but for preventing AC parts from overheating and breaking down. There are other ways to promote good airflow in your home, other than keeping the air vents clean.

You could, for example, set up a couple standing fans inside your home. They give your AC unit a break and some are just as effective. You could also hang up specialized curtains that help keep cool air inside, even during the hottest parts of the day.

The last thing you should have to worry about when it’s hot outside is a faulty AC unit. You can avoid repairs and costs that come with them by regularly monitoring the condition of your AC unit and its parts. If you’re not sure how to fix certain problems, contact us today. We have the experience and specialized tools to get the job done safely. 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form and someone will contact you as quickly as possible to answer any questions you may have about your air conditioning system.

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