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What NOT to Do With Your Air Conditioner

Posted on July 21, 2016Rick Welter

What Not to Do With Your Air ConditionerMinnesota’s summer heat is finally here, and that means many of us have our central air conditioners running full blast all day and all night. And we’re willing to bet that on those really steamy days, the last thing you want to have happen is an A/C breakdown.

While there are plenty of maintenance items that you should definitely be doing to keep your air conditioner in tip-top shape, there are also a few things that you should NOT be doing. Below we dive into seven things that fall into the latter category:

1. Don’t turn your air conditioner off on extremely hot days.
Many people believe that turning their system off while they’re at work or out of town is the best way to save energy and money on super hot days. However, this can actually be less efficient if the outside temperature is above 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Objects and furniture in your home will retain heat on hot days when your air conditioner is off. As a result, it’s going to take more energy and effort for your air conditioner to cool your home back to something comfortable. We suggest setting your thermostat up three or four degrees when you’re not at home, rather than turning it completely off.

If you want more ideas for saving money on energy bills in the summer, read our post 10 Tips for Cheaper and More Efficient Air Conditioning.

2. Don’t cover your air conditioner when in use.
Covering your air conditioner during the off season is great for protecting it against the elements. However, covering it while it’s operating will hinder efficiency—and could even lead to a breakdown.

3. Don’t forget to keep your air filter clean.
Your air filter is there to catch nasty particles before they make it into the air or build up in your system. But when your air conditioner is under heavy use, dirt and debris builds up much faster, which can affect efficiency. Check your filter at least once a month to make sure it’s clean and change it if necessary.

If you need a little help changing your filter, read our post How to Change Your Air Conditioning Filter.

4. Don’t power wash your air conditioner.
Power washing your air conditioner could cause damage to your coil or other parts, and lead to a breakdown. There are better ways to clean your unit safely. The Family Handyman has a great step-by-step guide, and the chore should only take about an hour to complete.

5. Don’t plant too close to your air conditioner.
Plants can block airflow and decrease your air conditioner’s efficiency. A good rule of thumb is to keep your plants at least two feet away from your unit.

6. Don’t try to control cooling your home by closing specific vents, registers or doors.
Closing off vents, registers or doors can cause efficiency issues. Your central A/C should be properly sized for the square footage it needs to cool, so let it do its job. If you want more control, consider a zoning system.

7. Don’t try to fix your air conditioner if you’re unsure of what to do.
While there are many maintenance items you can do yourself, others may require the help of a professional. Check out our post 5 Commonly Asked Air Conditioning Repair Questions, which features tips that can help you maintain your unit. If you’re in doubt, call a professional HVAC repair company.

If you do find yourself in need of air conditioning repair this summer, we’re here for you. Contact us today for any of your A/C repair needs.

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What NOT to Do With Your Air Conditioner

Posted on July 21, 2016Rick Welter

What Not to Do With Your Air ConditionerMinnesota’s summer heat is finally here, and that means many of us have our central air conditioners running full blast all day and all night. And we’re willing to bet that on those really steamy days, the last thing you want to have happen is an A/C breakdown.

While there are plenty of maintenance items that you should definitely be doing to keep your air conditioner in tip-top shape, there are also a few things that you should NOT be doing. Below we dive into seven things that fall into the latter category:

1. Don’t turn your air conditioner off on extremely hot days.
Many people believe that turning their system off while they’re at work or out of town is the best way to save energy and money on super hot days. However, this can actually be less efficient if the outside temperature is above 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Objects and furniture in your home will retain heat on hot days when your air conditioner is off. As a result, it’s going to take more energy and effort for your air conditioner to cool your home back to something comfortable. We suggest setting your thermostat up three or four degrees when you’re not at home, rather than turning it completely off.

If you want more ideas for saving money on energy bills in the summer, read our post 10 Tips for Cheaper and More Efficient Air Conditioning.

2. Don’t cover your air conditioner when in use.
Covering your air conditioner during the off season is great for protecting it against the elements. However, covering it while it’s operating will hinder efficiency—and could even lead to a breakdown.

3. Don’t forget to keep your air filter clean.
Your air filter is there to catch nasty particles before they make it into the air or build up in your system. But when your air conditioner is under heavy use, dirt and debris builds up much faster, which can affect efficiency. Check your filter at least once a month to make sure it’s clean and change it if necessary.

If you need a little help changing your filter, read our post How to Change Your Air Conditioning Filter.

4. Don’t power wash your air conditioner.
Power washing your air conditioner could cause damage to your coil or other parts, and lead to a breakdown. There are better ways to clean your unit safely. The Family Handyman has a great step-by-step guide, and the chore should only take about an hour to complete.

5. Don’t plant too close to your air conditioner.
Plants can block airflow and decrease your air conditioner’s efficiency. A good rule of thumb is to keep your plants at least two feet away from your unit.

6. Don’t try to control cooling your home by closing specific vents, registers or doors.
Closing off vents, registers or doors can cause efficiency issues. Your central A/C should be properly sized for the square footage it needs to cool, so let it do its job. If you want more control, consider a zoning system.

7. Don’t try to fix your air conditioner if you’re unsure of what to do.
While there are many maintenance items you can do yourself, others may require the help of a professional. Check out our post 5 Commonly Asked Air Conditioning Repair Questions, which features tips that can help you maintain your unit. If you’re in doubt, call a professional HVAC repair company.

If you do find yourself in need of air conditioning repair this summer, we’re here for you. Contact us today for any of your A/C repair needs.

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