There is a common source of anxiety for many Arizona homeowners. It’s the fear of having a major air conditioner malfunction on the hottest day of the year. Where temperatures frequently soar well above 110 degrees, it’s an understandable worry. Yet, there are some simple ways that you can greatly reduce your chance of having an unexpected breakdown during a blisteringly hot day.
The greater Phoenix area is known for its relentless summer heat. Air conditioning maintenance isn’t just a good idea. It’s an absolute must for preventing a system malfunction or failure. The following are some basic preventive tips to ensure your air conditioner will keep you cool even during the hottest days and nights.
Change Your Air Filter
Air filters can become clogged quickly, particularly after a monsoon dust storm. When they are filled with debris, dust and other particulates, they can cause your air conditioner to work harder. This can lead to problems. By regularly replacing or cleaning filters, you can reduce the load on your air conditioner.
Remove Debris around the Unit
Wind from desert storms can also wreak havoc by blowing grass, leaves, branches and dirt into and around your air conditioning unit. This can cause a host of problems, including a costly breakdown. Regularly clear vegetation away from your unit and always check for debris following storms.
Contrary to popular belief, blocking vents in a room doesn’t save energy. In fact, it can increase the pressure load on your air conditioner. By closing vents, you’re blocking cool air and decreasing the unit’s performance. For maximum efficiency and to prevent an overloaded air conditioner, open all vents and keep them free of any obstructions that prevent air flow.
Get a Maintenance Tune Up
When was the last time your air conditioner was serviced? If it has been more than a year, you’re at a much higher risk of having a major problem occur. During the hot summer months, it’s just not worth the risk. The loss of air conditioning in triple digit heat can set a household into a tailspin within a matter of hours.
Call Chandler Air today to schedule service on your air conditioner. We’ll clean, tune and adjust your system to ensure it works seamlessly throughout the summer and all year long. Call us today at (480) 899-0267.