Having emergency air conditioning repairs can not only put a crimp in your wallet, but it can also be very inconvenient and extremely stressful, especially if it happens in the heat of Arizona. Luckily, there are certain things that can be done to make the likelihood of having an emergency repair less likely and keep your air conditioning system running efficiently.
First, never ignore any problems, even if they seem small at the time. The best way to avoid air conditioning (AC) problems is to take care of all problems as soon as they happen. So if you notice that your AC bill has sharply increased, hear a strange noise coming from your unit or see any other problems then call your AC service and let them take a look at it. This will save you money in the future.
It’s also important to inspect the filter on a regular basis and replace it if it’s dirty. Dirty and clogged filters block the normal airflow and will put added stress on your AC system and will reduce its efficiency. It’s probably best to inspect your filter once a month during heavy usage.
You also want to inspect the evaporator and condenser coils before and after the summer season and clean them at that time. They tend to collect dirt and this dirt can reduce the evaporator coil’s ability to absorb the heat, and it can prevent adequate airflow on the outdoor condenser coil. If you’re uncertain where they are located or how to clean them, simply ask your AC repairman and he will show you.
Lastly, make certain you keep up on your maintenance and schedule a regular maintenance visit by your AC service professional once or twice a year. Heavily used AC systems will require two visits a year while less used systems will be fine with only one. Your repairman will inspect your system for any problems and clean the system. If he finds a problem, it will be fixed at that time and you can avoid the cost of emergency air conditioning repairs later.