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6 Top Avoidable Reasons Your Air Conditioner Breaks Down

by Chris Bowman

Getting stuck with a broken-down air conditioner on a hot summer day is not something anyone looks forward to. Fortunately, you can actually prevent a lot of needless repair by taking care of simple things before they become budget-breaking problems.  

Dirty Air Filter

It's such a simple task, but dirty air filters are the most common reason for air conditioners that cool poorly or break down. A clogged air filter restricts air flow and makes your unit run longer and harder than it has to. Dirty filters can cause breakdowns even on new units, so be sure to change or clean them at least once a month.

Skipping Regular Maintenance

You should have yearly maintenance on your unit well before the summer season starts. A qualified technician can find and fix small problems before they become big ones, such as old and frayed wires or debris inside the unit. He will also clean your unit inside and out to ensure it isn't pumping mold and mildew into your home.

Closing Vents

The belief that unused rooms don't need their vents open and closing them saves money is a costly fallacy. Your system needs to maintain a certain balance of air pressure and closed vents throw that balance off. By restricting air flow out of the unit, it creates undue pressure that causes it to work harder, actually raising your utility bills. Closing too many vents can cause your unit to wear out and break down prematurely.

Disregarding Unusual Noises

Don't ever ignore noises from your air conditioner that it hasn't made before, such as wheezing, screaming, or clanking. While it may be something as simple as debris caught in and around the fan, it can also be a sign that the motor or other parts are wearing out and need replacement. A qualified technician can spot the problem and take care of it quickly before it becomes a costly repair.

Pet Urine

Animal urine degrades and corrodes air conditioner coils, which is a costly repair. If pets roam free in your neighborhood, a fence or other barrier to keep them from using your air conditioner as a potty is essential and will save you a huge bill in the future.

Overgrown Shrubbery Around the Unit

Anything that restricts air flow around your unit makes it work harder and longer. While hiding your unit with shrubbery may seem like a good idea, a trellis of some other form of fencing is preferable. Shrubbery can grow into or drop leaves and debris inside the unit, and it isn't a good barrier against pet urine damage.

The money you spend making sure your air conditioner is in good running order will be paid back by lower utility bills. Call a professional air conditioning company, like Neffsville Plumbing & Heating Services, today for a yearly checkup and recommendations on how to keep your house cool and comfortable this summer.