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Don't Get Left In The Heat: How To Avoid Summer Problems With Your Air Conditioner

Summer's going to be here before you know it. If you're expecting triple digit temperatures, you don't want to be left without your air conditioner. Unfortunately, if you don't take care of it, that's exactly what you might end up with. Here are some methods you can use to avoid problems with your air conditioner once things start to heat up this summer.

Don't Skip the Preseason Inspection

If you're planning on turning your air conditioner on at the first sign of summer heat, you'll want to make sure it's up and running before the warm weather arrives. The best way to do that is to schedule a preseason inspection in the spring. You might think that's too early, but it's actually not. In fact, that's the perfect time to schedule the maintenance call. If you wait until summer for the maintenance, and your HVAC company discovers problems, you could be left waiting for repairs. However, if you schedule your appointment during the spring, you'll have time to take care of repairs before things really heat up.

Keep Your Dogs Away from the AC

If you've got dogs, you need to keep them away from your air conditioning unit, especially if your dogs like to chew. Those exposed wires can be quite the temptation for curious dogs. Unfortunately, if your dogs chew through the wires, your air conditioner is going to be down for the count. Not only that, but your dogs could be seriously injured for the electricity that's coursing through those wires.To prevent serious issues this summer, keep your dogs away from the air conditioner.

Clean the Coils Once a Month

If you have to deal with a lot of dust storms, or torrential rain storms, during the summer, you'll need to give your coils a bit more attention. That's because the dust and the mud can really build up on the exposed coils. Once the coils are dirty, your air conditioner won't work nearly as well as it should. The best way to avoid dirt-related air conditioner troubles, you should clean your coils at least once a month during the summer months. You should also clean them after each dust storm or heavy rain. Simply attach a high-pressure nozzle to your garden hose and rinse your coils off. Be sure to spray water on the inside and the outside of the coils. That way, you get rid of all the dirt.

Pay Attention to Your Thermostat

If you don't pay much attention to your thermostat during the summer, you could be overlooking some serious troubles with your air conditioner. If your air conditioner doesn't seem to turn off, or it's cycling on and off too often, you could have a problem with your thermostat that will require professional attention. 

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