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How Can I Prevent My Air Conditioner from Breaking Down?
Thursday, April 21, 2016
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Safety and prevention are critical issues in every home. It’s no different when it comes to your heating and air conditioning system. One of the most common concerns is a breakdown. Here’s how one can be prevented:

Why Do Air Conditioners Break Down?

There are a number of causes that can contribute to a broken down air conditioner. They can range from something as simple as a dirty air filter to as complicated as a broken blower or condenser coil. In addition to malfunctioning parts, causes such as overheating are common, as are issues with the thermostat and components that are wearing out from friction and use.

How Can I Prevent Breakdowns?

The number one way to prevent air conditioner failures is regular maintenance. It's also the number one way to ensure your system is running effectively, efficiently, and safely. You should have your system maintained every spring before the weather gets hot and the cooling season begins.

What Happens During Preventative Maintenance?

Inspecting, cleaning, and maintaining your AC not only helps prevent breakdowns, but it can also make it run more efficiently by making sure it's running properly. Additionally, it can extend the life of your HVAC equipment, and it can help ensure consistent temperatures during the summer.

Here’s a checklist of what happens during spring AC maintenance:

  • Clean the outside of the equipment and the internal components
  • Change the air filter
  • Inspect the evaporator coil, the blower wheels, the belts, and the motors and bearings
  • Test and calibrate the thermostat
  • Inspect and adjust the refrigerant
  • Test and adjust the capacitors, the safety controls, and the electrical connections and wiring

To keep your air conditioner humming along this summer, keep it maintained. For all the information you need on safety and prevention measures you can take for your air conditioner, contact our team of experts at All City Heat and Air.

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