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How can I avoid breakdowns of my AC system & help keep it running well?

August 2016 Ask The Team 

Question: How can I avoid breakdowns of my AC system & help keep it running well?

Gary Gordon, HVAC Technician with 30 years experience

The most common breakdown issue is a dirty filter not allowing proper airflow through the system. The filter should be cleaned (if washable) or replaced before each season.

The second thing to check is to make sure the outside condensing unit is free of growth from leaves and debris from trees, bushes, weeds etc… This will make the system work harder than it should to cool the home properly. All the trees, bushes, weeds should be cut back a minimum of 12” from all side of the unit to allow for proper air circulation with all the debris removed from inside the unit.

Other issues are as simple as the power being turned off or the thermostat is not set properly or needs batteries.

These are the simple things you can check your self or have it done on a annual basis by your HVAC contractor. 

Tip of the Month:

  • Help yourself with  your home maintenance budget by checking date of the water heater. The first four numbers of the serial number on the water heater are the month and year. Any heater over 15 years old is a candidate to be replaced.

 

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