Avoid These 4 Bad Habits to Prevent a Broken Air Conditioning System
Summertime is the best season to relax and enjoy the sun, but when the heat becomes unbearable, you need your AC to keep you cool and comfortable. Your air conditioning system is an essential investment that keeps you and your family happy, but it can easily break down with continuous use.
Sadly, most homeowners indulge in habits that can damage the AC unit and cause significant problems. This blog will discuss bad habits that can lead to a broken AC and how to avoid them.
Running the AC at the Wrong Temperature
Although you may feel tempted to turn up the thermostat to the lowest temperature when the heat becomes unbearable, running the AC at extremely low temperatures is unsuitable for the system. Air conditioning units work best when the temperature is set between 70-74 degrees Fahrenheit.
Setting your thermostat lower than this temperature forces the system to work harder and longer, leading to increased energy bills and possible damage to the AC unit.
Not Changing the Air Filters
Debris and dust can accumulate in the AC unit, leading to blockages that affect its performance. One of the leading causes of blockages is dirty air filters. When the filters are clogged, airflow is compromised, forcing the unit to work harder to regulate the temperature and ultimately leading to a system breakdown.
Neglecting Signs of System Failure
Another bad habit that can lead to a broken AC is ignoring signs of system failure. Most homeowners ignore odd sounds, smells, and other indicators suggesting the AC unit is malfunctioning. Such signs could be a blown capacitor, leaky refrigerant, or a faulty motor.
Hiring an experienced contractor immediately when you notice any odd behavior or burning smells is advisable to avoid this situation.
Using the Wrong Thermostat or Fan Settings
The AC unit's thermostat and fan settings regulate the system's temperature, efficiency, and airflow. Using the wrong settings can lead to significant damage or system breakdown. For example, the fan should always be set to "auto" to reduce energy consumption and wear and tear on the system. Running the fan often without turning it off increases energy bills and forces the system to work harder.
Keeping Your Unit in Good Condition
Your air conditioning system is an essential investment that you should take good care of to ensure it serves you for a long time. Simple habits such as regular maintenance by Moe Plumbing Services, setting the thermostat at the right temperature, and changing air filters can improve the unit's efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and prolong its lifespan. Call us at (818) 396-8002 when your unit shows signs of repair or if it's been a while since you scheduled maintenance.