July 7, 2014

Nobody wants to suffer through a Las Vegas summer with a broken air conditioner. Fortunately, a little bit of AC maintenance can keep your air conditioner running smoothly, and eliminate the need for costly repairs or replacement.

Keep it clean

Over the years, an air conditioner’s condenser coil will inevitably collect dirt. This dirt acts as insulation for the coil, which damages its ability to absorb heat, and reduces airflow in the unit. For this reason, it’s important to check and clean the coil once a year. However, some dirt buildup can be prevented simply by keeping units away from sources of debris, such as bushes, brush piles, and dryer vents. If your condenser unit is located near trees or shrubbery, trim the foliage back to prevent limbs and leaves from becoming trapped inside the unit and obstructing airflow.

Keep it cool

While it’s important to keep the area around an outside unit clear and uncluttered, it can also be beneficial to place the unit in a shady area. Keeping it in an area away from direct sunlight can improve efficiency by up to 10 percent. While it may not be possible to move your condenser unit, consider planting a tree or shrub nearby to block out the sun and keep the unit from overheating. Most condensers have an upward clearance of about five feet, so keep that in mind when shading your air conditioner. Remember, you want to block direct sunlight, not airflow.

Keep it consistent

By using a programmable thermostat, you can easily avoid overtaxing your air conditioner, while saving a great deal of energy. A programmable thermostat allows you to create a pre-set schedule that will shut off the air conditioner when you are asleep or away, and turn it back on before you wake or arrive. This prevents wear and tear on the unit itself, and lowers cooling costs. By programming the thermostat to stay at a slightly higher temperature for certain periods of time, you slow the flow of heat into the house and save energy and money while staying cool.

By following these simple tips, it’s possible to extend the life of your air conditioning unit, which, in turn, saves you money. However, sometimes even regular maintenance isn’t enough to prevent an air conditioner from breaking down. That’s when it’s time to consult an expert. The Cooling Company can help! 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, The Cooling Company is there to provide maintenance and repairs when you need them most. After all, it’s all about your comfort!

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