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Here Are the Top Ways to Prevent AC Failure During Another Scorching Summer!


You really need your air conditioner during an Arizona summer. Aside from simply not having an air conditioner, what’s the worst thing that could happen to your comfortable home this summer? Well, having your air conditioner fail or break down would be very high on the list! That’s something you’d definitely rather avoid.

How can you prevent AC failure during this stretch of time when there will be so much pressure on your cooling system? We’ve got some great tips that will reduce the likelihood of AC breakdowns or repair needs in the coming months while your air conditioner is working so hard.

1: Get Professional Maintenance Done

Annual professional AC maintenance reduces the likelihood that your system will need repairs during the coming summer by more than 50 percent! A clean, well-lubricated, thoroughly-inspected air conditioner will work much better and encounter less wear and tear and fewer problems. It has other benefits, too, like improved energy efficiency and a longer system life.

2: Change Your Air Filter

Your air conditioner has an air filter that will reduce the amount of dust and particulate matter that gets into the system and causes friction and overheating. That filter needs to be changed at least once a month during the heat of the summer, and more in particularly dusty conditions or if you have heavily-shedding pets. You can change it less often, but still every 2 to 3 months, when you’re not using the AC as much.

3: Keep Your Outdoor Unit Clean

The outdoor unit contains the condenser coils. This is where the refrigerant releases the heat it has absorbed from inside your house. It’s critical that there be plenty of air circulation around these coils. If they’re caked with dust and dirt, they’re essentially insulated, and the heat won’t be able to dissipate as well. This means your AC system will have to work harder to remove heat from your home.

4: Reduce Your Use

The more the air conditioner has to run, the more wear and tear it will accumulate. Of course, you need to run your air conditioner. But blocking sun from windows, limiting oven use, and keeping ceiling fans turning counterclockwise can all help you feel comfortable even when your thermostat is set a few degrees higher, so your air conditioner can run less of the time.

5: Get Repairs Done Promptly

Don’t be tempted to ignore a worrisome noise or an air conditioner exhibiting symptoms like shortened cycles or insufficient air flow. Getting those repairs done as soon as possible will prevent a small problem from getting bigger or turning into a serious breakdown. So when you realize you need AC repair in Tucson, AZ, schedule it immediately.

Here’s hoping you’ll have a cool and comfortable summer! And if there’s anything we can do to help, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re happy to answer questions about how to change your air filter or anything else you’re wondering.

Contact Picture Rocks Cooling, Heating & Plumbing today to schedule an appointment with our professionals.

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