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Preparing Your Central Air Conditioner for Summer Temperatures

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Summer temperatures in Tucson frequently top 100 degrees Fahrenheit, requiring the use of central air conditioning to keep your home cool and comfortable. Before the summer temperatures hit, there are a few simple steps you can take to prepare your air conditioner for a full season of perfect function. Taking the opportunity now to inspect and prepare your air conditioner gives you adequate time to call an air conditioning repair service if your unit needs a tune-up or repairs.

Clear Away Debris
Your air conditioner’s condenser is located outside your home. Take some time in the spring to clear away any debris that may have built up on or around your condenser, which could block airflow. Trim back any foliage and make sure the area around your condenser is clear for at least three feet in all directions. If the condenser needs to be cleaned, don’t spray it down with your hose—this can bend or damage its metal fins. Instead, use a bucket of warm, soapy water and a soft sponge to clean away any dirt or dust.

Check the Drain and Drip Pan
As your air conditioner cools the air, it creates condensation. This moisture is usually funneled away from this system via a drain to a drip pan, which sits beneath the indoor portion of the appliance. Check the drain and drip pan to ensure they are clean and clear of mold or algae. If your air conditioner’s drip pan has a pump that removes water, move the sensor up and down to check that the pump is working. If you have any questions about your air conditioner’s drain, drip pan, or pump, contact an air conditioning specialist.

At Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions, LLC, we are here to help you prepare your air conditioning for the hot desert summer. Contact us by calling 520-495-2227 to schedule an appointment or find out more about our system maintenance, coil cleaning, and monthly filter change reminder services. If you’d like to learn more about your heating or cooling system, we invite you to read through the articles on our blog.

Common Home Air Conditioner Problems

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177011880Air conditioner problems are not only inconvenient, they can make your Tucson home uncomfortable as well. Knowing the most common air conditioner problems and how to address them will ensure you enjoy energy-efficient cooling without interruption whenever you need it. If you do encounter an air conditioning problem you can’t solve, contact a Tucson air conditioning repair service for help.

Dirty Parts
One of the most common air conditioner problems is dirt and dust coating the coils, vents, and other working parts of your unit. This issue is caused by irregular maintenance and neglecting to change the HVAC filter that keeps your air conditioner clean. When your air conditioner is dirty, airflow is restricted and it must work harder to achieve the same cooling effect, straining the system. You can avoid this common air conditioning problem by changing your HVAC filter every 30-90 days and scheduling yearly service from a qualified air conditioning professional.

Low or Leaking Refrigerant
Your air conditioner requires adequate refrigerant levels to remove heat from the indoor air. If your system’s refrigerant is leaking or low, you won’t experience the cooling you need. A leak in the outdoor refrigerant lines must be repaired to permanently solve this issue. Contact your air conditioner repair service to fix a leak and replenish your unit’s refrigerant levels.

Electrical Problems
Air conditioners contain electrical parts, including many wires and terminals. If these parts become corroded or damaged, the electrical connections can be lost and your air conditioner won’t work. Additionally, the electrical compressor or fan may wear out over time, especially if your unit is taxed because it is dirty or inadequately sized for your home. Only your air conditioning repair specialist can diagnose and solve an electrical problem.

Are you having air conditioning problems or high cooling bills in Tucson? Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions, LLC’s qualified heating and cooling technicians offer system installation, repair, and replacement so you can enjoy a cool, comfortable home. Please call 520-495-2227 or click through our website to learn more about our services and current promotions.