A/C Repair Saving Tips
Proper precautions and regular maintenance go a long way in keeping your air conditioning systems running efficiently.
Doing so allows for maximum cooling and a steady operation throughout the summer. Check out the following three tips that can save you money and frustration on A/C repair.
Fix and Repair Any Leaks
When refrigerant leaks from your system, it reduces the operating efficiency of the unit. This causes your air-conditioning system to work harder to make up for the loss in Freon to keep your home cool. Neglect leads to costly A/C repair.
It’s like trying to fill a balloon with a pin hole in it. You can blow all the air into you want, but it’s going to continue to leak out through that pin hole requiring you to blow it up continually to keep it inflated.
Just as surely as your jaws, lungs and lips will become fatigued, your air-conditioning unit exerts more pressure on your compressor, the motor, and internal parts as it seeks to extract hot air out of the room.
How can you determine if your unit is leaking? Look for ice around the unit, particularly around the connections, the drier, and A Coils. If you’re unable to detect the leak, contact a licensed HVAC specialist and have an inspection completed.
They are able to test the pressure on the system and may use dyes to detect leaks not readily found by a homeowner. A good home inspector also has a variety of tools and equipment to detect leaks.
Save On A/C Repair By Checking For Obstructions To Air Flow
Air should flow through your vents without obstruction. A good place to start would be with the air filter. This is found near the motor of your unit, usually in the bottom panel or on the side of the unit leading to the duct work.
As the unit pulls air from the room, dust particles, pet and human hairs and other debris may be pick up along the way. This should get trapped by the air filter.
Over time, this dust builds up and restricts the smooth air flow through the filter. This causes less air to circulate. The fan also must work harder to pull air through the clogged filter.
For this reason, change your filter a minimum of once every year around winter just before the heating season. It is better to change it through both the heating cycle in the winter and the cooling cycle in the summer. The result is greater efficiency and less wear and tear on your unit.
As the house gets cooler, raise the thermostat a degree or two. Each degree you raise the thermostat saves about five percent off your utility bill.
Inspect For Poorly Sealed Duct Work
Your air ducts are connected to your HVAC unit with screws. Usually there is a felt gasket. This is follow up with duct take and metal tape to seal the connection for air leaks.
Check for air loss at these connections. This simple procedure can al also save in expensive a/c repair and prevent further damage to your system.
Prepare For the Government Mandated Change
In 2006, the federal government passed the Clean Air Act. The Act requires that all HVAC units are upgraded to the new r410/A Puron refrigerant. Freon is being phased out. The deadline is 2020.
This means you’ll be converting your old unit or purchasing a new one. Don’t wait until the last minute. Discover how to get savings on HVAC unit conversions. When you call 901-381-0099 for A/C repair you can learn more about the conversion mandates.