Royal Heating and Air knows it is no fun finding yourself in the heat of summer when your air conditioner is not keeping up. It can even be dangerous if it quits all together. Because your HVAC system gets used more during this season, it is a good idea to know some things to look for if your system is not working the way it should. Here are a few DIY tips from the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Just to be sure, double check that the electricity in your home is working and that no breakers have blown. If you find there is a blown breaker, and it blows again after you reset it, you will want to call an electrician and your favorite HVAC technician at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Sometimes it is not the air conditioner, it is the thermostat that is malfunctioning. If your thermostat has a battery (most do) eliminate that variable, replace it with a new battery. Then turn down the temperature on the thermostat 5-10 degrees and see if the AC kicks on. If not, the problem may be with the thermostat, not the HVAC unit.
If the airflow is restricted in your HVAC system, that can cause it to be inefficient in cooling the air in your home. It can also result in your entire system running more or working harder which in turn can cause other problems. Check your filter and see that it is clean and properly in place. Royal Heating and Air suggests checking your filter monthly and replacing it when you notice it is coated with dust or debris. You will probably need to change it more often if you have pets in the home or if you live in a dusty area like near a gravel road.
4) Clean and Clear.
If weeds and greenery sprout up around your outside condenser unit it can have the same effect as a dirty filter. Those plants restrict airflow through the condenser coils and limit their cooling potential. It is best to keep a 3-foot-wide swath clear around your outside unit. If you notice that the coils are dirty, it is recommended to clean those too. You can use a garden hose (never under pressure) or call us for an HVAC maintenance check at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Although it seems counterintuitive, closing vents to avoid heating areas of the house you don’t use will not help make it easier for your air conditioner to keep up. It can actually cause pressure problems and lead to your HVAC system working harder. So, take a quick look at all your vents and air returns and see that they are open. Also, try not to place furniture or other objects in the way where they can restrict airflow.
If after checking all these things you still find your air conditioner is not performing up to par, it is time to call an HVAC professional at the Lake of the Ozarks. In fact, for extra peace of mind you could schedule preventative maintenance with us and one of our technicians will inspect your entire HVAC system and make sure it is in great shape and running at optimum efficiency. At Royal Heating and Air, we are proud to be the King of Comfort and we want to keep you comfortable all summer long. For all your HVAC services at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can count on Royal Heating and Air.