Because you own a home does not necessarily mean that you know everything there is to know about your home. You are not likely to be an experienced electrician, plumber, or HVAC expert. Therefore, there are areas of your home that you do not fully understand.
Fortunately, when it comes to major repairs, there are professionals out there who can offer quality solutions at affordable prices to meet the needs of your family. However, there are a few mistakes that you can avoid in order to lessen the need for major costly service calls.
Not Having an AC That Is the Right Size for Your Home
One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make is choosing an AC unit that is too small for their home. It is important to have a unit that will cool your home efficiently without overworking. All AC units are designed to cool an area of a specific size. If the unit is not rated to cool a home that is smaller than yours, it will have to work harder to keep your home cool. The result is a unit that breaks down and wears out quickly.
Failing to Change the Filter Regularly
Many homeowners are guilty of putting off changing the air filter in their homes. It is important to change this filter at least twice every year. The best times are when the seasons change in the fall and the spring.
If you do not change the filter, over time, it will become clogged with pollutants and dust. You will be essentially pumping contaminants into your home. In addition, your AC unit will no longer be running as efficiently due to restricted airflow. Continued procrastination will lead to significant wear on the unit.
Not Cleaning the Unit Coils
The function of the coils is to absorb the heat in a home. Eventually, they will become covered in dust and grime. This causes them to be less effective at absorbing the heat. Therefore, the AC unit becomes less effective and over time will stop functioning completely if left untreated. Cleaning the coils of your AC unit is as easy as spraying them off with a hose. It is also important to check the unit coils after a storm to ensure they are clear of debris.
Constantly Changing the Thermostat
Another big mistake is not setting the thermostat temperature and leaving it alone. Some people believe that you need to turn the AC off when you are not at home. However, the truth is that the AC works a lot less if the temperature of your home remains consistent throughout the day.
When you turn up the temperature every time you leave your home, the space will become much warmer while you are gone. When you come back and set the temperature back to a lower setting, the AC will have to run harder and longer to cool the house down to your desired comfort level. By leaving the temperature at the same setting, the unit only needs to run for a few minutes to keep the home cool.
If you are uncomfortable paying the cost to replace an AC unit, make sure you take care of the one you have. Just a few minutes here and there to maintain your unit could save you thousands of dollars on a replacement.