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3 Things You Can Do To Maintain Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency


Ah, the thought of walking into a home that is dry and cool after spending hours in 90+ degree weather. However, once you turn the key, push open the door, and then take a step inside you notice that it still feels hot. Maybe it’s just because you are too close to the door? So, you shut the door, walk into your kitchen, and still notice that it’s the same temperature.

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You swore you turned your air conditioner on—better yet, you have had it running for the past couple days. Therefore, what is the most obvious reason it’s not working? Well, it’s probably broken!

For many people, there is nothing more frustrating than coming home and finding that their air conditioning unit has stopped working during one of the hottest days of the summer. However, there are many things that could have been done to avoid this from happening. Although that is not to say some units just give up even after receiving some habitual maintenance! Therefore, we thought it would be great to supply our customers with three things they can do in order to ensure that their air conditioning unit continues to run efficiently—even when it is working overtime.

Check & Change Your Air Filter

Do you know how to change your unit’s air filter? Did you even know that they had to be changed? If you are at a loss as how to answer these questions we highly suggest you give us at Hutchinson a call right away. One of the reasons that your air conditioning unit could have malfunctioned is because of an old or extremely dirty air filter. In fact, your air filter should be checked at least once a month during the summer.

Do Not Keep It Running All The Time, But If You Do, Use A Programmable Thermostat

Much like our friend mentioned in the first paragraph likes to do, a lot of people like to keep their AC unit going full blast while they are out of the house for the day. Anyone who knows anything about air conditioning units knows this is a big mistake. Well, there is no law that says you can’t do it, but a programmable thermostat will allow you to set your home to hover around a certain temperature while you are out. Therefore, what we are saying is this: you do not have to turn it off, but if you make it so the unit works less while no one is home, the less likely you will run into problems.

Get The Unit Checked On One Or Two Times A Year

When an HVAC company installs your unit, they may ask you if you would like to have your unit checked or cleaned by them throughout the year. If you are unsure of whether or not to do this, we highly suggest that you consider it. Also, even though many of you think you are “do-it-yourselfers” as in you can change your air filter, a technician will be able to do things for your unit such as: checking on the refrigerant, cleaning and/or adjusting the fans, inspecting coils and much more. When it all comes down to it, a technician will be able to do much more than meets the eye.

Just like many other things in your home, an air conditioning unit will eventually break and/or need repairs. However, if you give it some attention once in a while, the less likely you will find yourself sweating when you walk into your home one summer day.