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5 things you need to know about your ac

Posted on: July 30, 2012

It’s almost August – how’s your air conditioner holding up? Have you needed any repairs? Air conditioners can be tricky, and for the most part it’s best to leave the overly complicated stuff to the pros. That said, there are certain things you should definitely understand about your unit! Read on to learn more about how to service your AC as well as a few easy ways to save money!

Preventative Maintenance is Key

We’ve stressed this over and over again on this blog, but that’s because it’s so important – when it comes to keeping your unit healthy through the years, nothing beats a solid preventative maintenance plan. At Wheat & Sons, we offer our Eagle Service Agreements to guarantee your air conditioner is well maintained year after year.

Periodically checking out your air conditioner is the easiest way to make sure it doesn’t develop major problems, and an Eagle Service Agreement is the easiest way to keep on top of this!

Know the Basics of Your AC Unit

Even if you don’t know the difference between an exhaust door actuator and a base drain hole grommet, you should understand that your air conditioner circulates a refrigerant that absorbs heat from the air in your home and blows back the now cooled air! Understanding the basics of air conditioner operation can help you figure out what you might need when it comes time for AC repair, and at the very least it can help you know what your air conditioner repair technician is talking about!

Our blog has a number of great resources designed to help you understand a little bit more about your air conditioner, including:

Change Your AC Filters

This is another one that we talk about all the time – changing your air filters is the single most important air conditioner maintenance step you can take on your own! Changing your filters once a month will improve your air conditioner efficiency significantly, and will prevent your evaporator from freezing up along with a host of other problems. If you’re worried you’ll forget, just think – every time you pay your electric bill, change your AC filters. It’s that simple!

Most Air Conditioner Problems Don’t Have DIY Fixes

Unlike some other appliances in your home, air conditioners involve things like refrigeration, mechanical, electrical and air flow – all things that are generally beyond the scope of a roll of duct tape! Worse, doing something wrong could exacerbate whatever problems you’re having, costing you additional time and money. Changing your air filter, fixing a thermostat and cleaning out your condenser are all easy enough, but if the task starts to get much more complicated than that, we recommend calling a professional – it’s safer and will save you time and money!

Don’t Buy Your Air Conditioner Online

Buying things online can be much cheaper than buying them from a store. However, cheaper isn’t always better – especially when it comes to your air conditioner! The reason is, many HVAC contractors won’t install an air conditioner you bought online, and there are very few resources available that will help you learn how to install it properly.

Your air conditioner is a 15 year investment. Instead of trying to cut corners and save money up front, make the right move and call a professional AC service company – the amount of money you save in the long run will make it more than worth it!