A/C Problem Prevention Tips for Kitchener Families Published on March 12, 2015 It never fails. Kitchener is experiencing record heat and the air conditioner in your home starts blowing out warm air or stops running completely. Along with hundreds of other people in our town, you reach for the phone to call your HVAC specialist, and wait out the heat until relief arrives. While some A/C issues absolutely require a professional to service them, here are a few tips that can be used to minimize the possibility of this happening to you this summer. Maximize Air Flow To work properly, your air conditioner needs to pull air through the system, including recirculating air inside your home. If Air blockage or obstruction of any kind can end up translating to money out of pocket for you. To assure you have the manufacturer suggested air flow, make sure to keep the area clear around the vents - indoors and outside. This includes scaling back vegetation and cleaning dirt away from vents. Use a Programmable Thermostat Beyond helping reduce energy costs by regulating your home’s temperature, programmable thermostats can also help minimize impact on your system. Program your air conditioner for warmer temperatures when the home is empty or at night when it cools down outside. In addition, program your thermostat for lengthier run-cycles. While this does not necessary prevent problems, it can help bring down the humidity in your Kitchener area home. This can offer a more comfortable environment, plus keep mold spores from thriving in your home. Get Rid of Any Pests Some bugs and pests are attracted to central air units, which can be damaging if they get inside the system. To keep ants and other pests away, use an eco-friendly pesticide around the exterior of the unit and check on it regularly throughout the summer. Stay Level The majority of outdoor A/C units are positioned on a concrete slab or other platform, giving them a level base of operation. However, the weight of the unit and ground moisture can cause your unit’s platform to sag or sink, impacting the performance of the air conditioner. Check on your outdoor component to ensure that the base continues to stay level. Naturally, regular maintenance, such as lubrication and filter changes, are pretty important to keep your air conditioner operating as it should. Try to schedule annual maintenance service before the summer starts to ensure your system is ready to face the hot days ahead. By following these simple tips, you may be able to avoid A/C problems and have a stress-free and climate controlled home all summer.