If you’re looking to get just one more summer out of your old tired air conditioner, you want to do everything you can to avoid the need for major AC repair in Sacramento any time soon.
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so for this article we’re going to look at four preventative measures you can take right now to make sure your HVAC system runs smoothly and efficiently for you.
Sacramento Air Conditioning Repair: 4 Money-Saving Preventative Measures
- Change the filter regularly.
Probably the easiest and most effective way to maintain your air conditioning unit is to change the filter on a regular basis. Depending on the particular filter your unit uses, you can expect to replace it every 1 to 3 months. It’s especially important to check your unit’s filter during the busy cooling months as that’s when it is most prone to getting dirty.
If dust is allowed to build up in the filter a couple of nasty things happen: first, your unit loses overall system capacity and that means it’s working harder for less results; second, and more troubling, restricted air flow due to a dirty filter can lead to ice forming on the unit’s condensing coil, a problem that can be expensive to fix.
Bottom line: change your filter, and change it often.
- Purchase pleated filters.
When shopping for filters purchase pleated synthetic filters. Sure, fiberglass filters will save you a few bucks at the hardware store, but they don’t work as well as pleated synthetic filters and your short-term savings could cost you big down the road. Buying a 4 inch pleated filter with a Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV) of 10 is a sound investment. These 4 inch filters have pleats that provide much more surface area to filter the air and can last 6 months to a year depending on the conditions in your home.
- Insulate your ductwork.
In many homes ducts run through the attic and it can get toasty up there in summer. Improve the efficiency of your ductwork and protect them against the heat by wrapping them with an extra layer of insulation or having more insulation blown in over the top of the ducts. Consider installing new duct work that is installed in a straight and taut manner that allows the air to flow through with little resistance.
- Clean your outside unit once a year.
Dirt and debris build up on your outside unit over time, and these obstructions block airflow forcing your air conditioner to work harder. Expending this extra effort puts undue stress on your HVAC system, which can shorten its lifespan. You’ll want to clean your outside unit once a year to prevent this. First, turn off the unit’s power, and then you can use a garden hose to gently rinse it free of dirt and debris.
These four preventative measures will help you keep your HVAC system in top condition. Of course, even with the best prevention you may find your HVAC system in need of repair.
For residents of Sacramento, air conditioning repair can be a source of major frustration, but Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort is here to help. With their 24/7/365 service format, the AC repair you need is just a phone call away.