Stay Cool This Summer with These AC Maintenance Tips

Stay Cool This Summer with These AC Maintenance TipsPublished April 28, 2017 HVAC technician in hard hat repairing an air conditioning unit.

Spring is here and summer is on its way, that means the days are only getting warmer. After some exceptionally frigid winter days, we’re all excited to put away our thick coats and enjoy the fresh air. As we approach the hottest weeks of the year, it’s important to make sure your air conditioner is in working order so it doesn’t quit when you need it most. Discover our top AC maintenance tips to make sure your summer months aren’t spent crowded around an oscillating fan.

Increase Efficiency by Removing Dirt & Debris

It pays to have a well-maintained air conditioning unit. When your AC is clean and free of debris, it operates more efficiently. By using less power to create the comfortably cool atmosphere in your home, you’ll save on your monthly energy bill. Read our article on how to clean your air conditioner in five easy steps, and greatly improving the quality and performance of your unit.

Preventing your AC from having to work twice as hard does more than just saves you on your energy bill, too. Proper maintenance gives your air conditioning unit a longer lifespan. When it’s operating efficiently, it’s less likely to suffer internal or external damage. That means you get to enjoy a few extra years before needing to replace your unit and fewer emergency repairs in the interim.

Electrical companies are familiar with the benefits of regular HVAC maintenance, and sometimes offer rebates just for having service performed on your air conditioner. It’s always worth checking with your supplier to find out if you qualify!

Check for Leaks with Your Refrigerant

The refrigerant in your AC isn’t consumed as its used. Unlike your car, you shouldn’t have to “fill it up” unless there’s a leak. Your air conditioner should have a gauge that you can read to see if it’s low. If you’re not sure what the readings mean or if it’s running low, it’s time to contact a professional. Once your AC has a leak, things will only get worse until it’s fixed. In some cases, you may even be better off simply replacing the unit.

Clean Your Ducts to Improve Air Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranks poor indoor air quality as one of top five environmental risks to public health. Sometimes simply cleaning the filter isn’t enough to prevent allergens and other irritants from making their way into your home.

If your HVAC system is circulating contaminated air that’s already trapped in the ducts, changing the filter won’t help much. It’s important to have your air ducts cleaned at least every 5-7 years. Otherwise, when your AC cools the house, it will also blow pollen and other allergens right back into your rooms.

Annual Inspections Prevent Surprise AC Failures

After a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is open the front door and experience an unexpected wave of heat washing over you. Air conditioners are like cars – if you don’t take care of them properly, they tend to stop working at the worst possible time. Before we hit the hottest days of summer, it’s important to have your AC unit professionally inspected for potential issues.

In fact, your HVAC system should have bi-annual preventative maintenance to avoid the most common causes of failure. Blissfield Heating & Plumbing offers an affordable maintenance plan that makes it easier for you to get the most out of your unit. You’ll also receive priority response on emergencies, so if something does go wrong, you won’t have to sweat it out for days.

Need a New Air Conditioner?

It’s inevitable that you will eventually need to replace your older AC unit. It’s not all bad news, though! Newer air conditioners offer significant improvements in energy efficiency, and with proper maintenance, can last for many years. If you’re noticing one of the signs that your air conditioner needs to be replaced or if you don’t have an air conditioner at all, now is the time to get one! Nobody wants to be shopping for an air conditioner during a heatwave.

Installing a new AC unit isn’t a DIY job! Blissfield Heating and Plumbing can help replace or install a brand new air conditioner that will keep you comfortable even during the dog days of summer.

Schedule AC Maintenance

While there are several ways you can help keep your own AC in working order, nothing beats the expertise of a professional. Our technicians will perform a thorough inspection to identify potential problems to help keep you comfortable throughout spring and summer. We’ll even be able to give you tips on how to make your home more energy efficient.

If you’re in Adrian, Blissfield, southeast Michigan, or northwest Ohio, contact Blissfield Heating and Plumbing online or give us a call at (517) 486-3575 today!

8593 E US Hwy 223

Blissfield, MI 49228

Phone: (517) 486-3575

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