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7 Ways to Prevent Your AC From Breaking Down

7 Ways to Prevent Your AC From Breaking Down

You have heard the horror story. It’s in the middle of the worst heat wave of the summer and your AC won’t work. You’ve called multiple HVAC companies who are all swamped. They will come out to you as soon as possible, but your family will have to suffer in the heat until they can arrive. Don’t let this happen to you! There are preventative actions you can take before summer to help prevent your AC from breaking down and keep your family comfortably cool. Otherwise, you will likely end up with an air conditioning repair bill from your AC repair Vancouver company.

  1. Annual Maintenance

Over 90% of AC mechanical breakdowns are due to the build up of dirt in your system. During an annual maintenance, a service technician will remove any dirt build up in your system, thoroughly check your AC for faulty parts and do a safety check. It is recommended that you do a maintenance once a year to prevent breakdowns, keep your system running efficiently and to meet the standard warranty requirements.

  1. Change Filters

Filters that aren’t changed regularly have built up of dirt and dust, which blocks the air flow of your AC system. This results in your system working harder than it needs to and can lead to a necessary air conditioning repair over time. Filters need to be changed every 1 month up to 1 year depending on the filter type.

  1. Program Your Thermostat

To avoid your AC system from working harder than it needs to, program your thermostat while you are away and when you are sleeping. Energy Star recommends that you set your thermostat to be 10 degrees higher than normal when you are not home and when you are sleeping. Not only does it give your system a break, but it saves you money on your utility bills.

  1. Clear Debris

Check to see if there is any debris around your AC outdoor unit. If anything is too close and/or blocking it, move it so the area around the AC outdoor unit is clear. This will help ensure that the AC will run efficiently.

  1. Keep Your Vents Open

Do not close any of the air vents in your home! You may think that you are saving money, but in reality you are causing your system to work harder, which will increase your utility bills.

  1. Take Care of Issues Right Away

Have you noticed that your system isn’t working right? Make sure to not procrastinate, but schedule an air conditioning service before the problem becomes worse. At Miller’s Heating & Air, your local AC repair Vancouver experts, our highly trained service technicians will diagnose and fix the issue quickly before summer arrives.

Miller’s Heating & Air is your AC repair Vancouver experts. Give us a call to schedule a service and/or if you have any questions. Our phone number is 360-695-6500. When the office is closed, we have on call technicians able to help with your air conditioning service and air conditioning repair needs.

  1. Replace Your System

If your AC system has been having problems and/or is an older, it may be time for it to be replaced.  It’s been to replace your system before you spend lots of money on air conditioning repair. Plus, the newer AC systems are more energy efficient and will lower your utility bills.

 

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