Summer is fast approaching here in Myrtle Beach and regular air conditioning repair seems pretty normal – after all, when you want to be as cool and comfortable as possible, you tend to overwork your air conditioning unit until it inevitably breaks down. However, this also cuts down your AC’s life expectancy dramatically. In the end, not only will you have to spend on constant repairs, but you will also end up having to buy a new unit much sooner. As it turns out, you really don’t need to suffer all those added expenses. Just a little change in your cooling habits can go a long way to guarantee your air conditioning unit won’t have to undergo so much repair.
Here are a few of the things that are causes of frequent air conditioning repair during the hot summer months along the Grand Strand.
Turning the AC’s Temperature Way Down as Soon as You Turn It On
Immediately turning the thermostat way down won’t cool your house faster than normal but will unnecessarily waste precious energy instead. You are not only adding a significant amount to your monthly utility bill, but you are also wearing down your unit little by little faster than normal. This will cause more frequent calls for expert AC repair. Even though we’re just welcoming Spring, everyone knows the hot summer weather is just around the corner. Keep this tip in mind when you start cranking up the AC.
Letting Your Air Conditioning Run All Day, Every Day
Air conditioning repair experts have listed this particular habit as the most common cause of AC breakdowns. While this is entirely understandable during hot weather, leaving it running continuously (even when no one is around) does not really help in keeping your house cool and it won’t do your energy bills any favor either.
According to Energy Saver, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) consumer resource section, the best method for keeping your house cool without wasting too much energy is to use a programmable thermostat that will set the AC unit at 78°F before you head for home so it will be comfortable by the time you get there. Keeping it running at 78 or lower all day while you’re away at work is wasting energy and adding more wear and tear to your AC unit.
Not Keeping Up with Your AC Maintenance
Maybe you only stay in your house for short periods, or maybe you firmly believe you are not using your AC unit as often as your neighbors do, but this is not a valid excuse to skip regular AC maintenance. Not getting your unit cleaned or its filters replaced as scheduled will cause a particulate build-up on your filter, making the AC unit inefficient. This will cause its eventual breakdown.
By avoiding or controlling these three bad habits, you can potentially reduce the instances in which your AC unit will need repairs and also prolong your unit’s life expectancy. But if you think it may be time for maintenance or just the seasonal check-up on your unit, keep these things in mind as well before you call for a repairman.
Without preseason maintenance checks and repairs, your summer can easily morph into anything but easy living. Before kicking your AC into full gear, treat it to some preventive measures. Decide if it’s time for Myrtle Beach air conditioning repair and call Swift Services Heating, Cooling & Electrical at (843) 352-6427, or fill out our short form and someone will contact you as quickly as possible to answer any questions you may have about your home air conditioning system and whether it’s time for that check-up. Through our help, you can save time, money, and further breakdowns in the long term. Better to repair your unit or replace it with a new, more energy-efficient system for your Myrtle Beach area home before the sweltering heat of summer sets in.