Summertime in Las Vegas is famously hot. You depend on your cooling systems to keep you and your family comfortable, but those high energy bills are not pretty. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the amount of energy you use and keep your ac systems running more efficiently, even on the hottest days of summer.
AC systems should be well-maintained throughout the year. In the lead-up to summer, there are a few things you can do to ensure your unit is running at peak performance. Here are our top tips for preparing your air conditioning system for Las Vegas summertime:
Perform an inspection of your AC system
If you have an outdoor unit and if this is the first time you will be starting your system for the season, check your panels before you switch on. If any part of the panel is missing or if it is not aligned, call AC Plus right away for an inspection before you put yourself at risk of an electrical shock.
Clear plants and debris from the area around your unit
If any plants have grown over your unit or if any loose debris is blocking it, clear it all away before you start it up. Anything that obstructs the airflow can potentially put more strain on your system and increase your energy spend.
Keep condenser coils clean
Making sure your condenser coils and the evaporator clean and dust-free is the single most important thing you can do to extend the life of your AC unit. For larger units, it is always best to call a qualified technician as we have solutions designed especially for this purpose.
Change your air filters
The air quality inside your home is important to your wellbeing and that of your family. During the winter, your air filter will have gathered more dust and debris than usual. Starting in the springtime, check your filters monthly and change them if they appear dirty. This will promote even, unobstructed airflow, and your unit won’t have to work so hard to deliver cool comfort.
Check that your thermostat is working properly
On first startup, turn your thermostat down to a few degrees below room temperature. This should trigger the system to turn on and you should feel cold air coming from your vents. If you don’t, call the HVAC specialists at AC Plus right away. Keep in mind that as the mercury goes up, so do our service calls, so it’s always best to be proactive.
Schedule a seasonal maintenance check
Giving your AC system a tune up is always a good idea in the spring and fall. Keeping your system properly maintained will help you avoid emergency calls in the middle of the summer, ensure your home stays cool and comfortable, and may even lower your energy bills by as much as 30 percent.
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We are committed to helping our Las Vegas air conditioning customers stay informed as we feel that it helps you avoid common and often costly problems while keeping your cooling systems running in tip-top shape.
Knowing what to look out for will help you avoid costly repair bills as well as the frustration of a broken-down A/C system.
Here are some of the most common questions we are asked and how to troubleshoot them in order to avert a service call.
Why is my air conditioner constantly running?
There are a few possible reasons for your cooling unit running constantly or never shutting itself off. Check the filters to ensure they are clean, unblocked, and that enough air is being pulled through them. Check to see what the fan setting is, also. If the fan is set to run constantly, it will not shut off. If possible, set your fan to “auto”. If the filter looks fine and changing the fan setting does not change the situation, the thermostat might need replacing. If this is the case, call for service right away.
The air that is coming out of my unit is not cold
If the air coming from you’re A/C unit is not cold, the system may be out of coolant. Preventative and seasonal maintenance can help you avoid this annoyance as coolant levels will be monitored and topped up on a regular basis.
There is no power to my unit
Lack of power can be a simple matter of a tripped breaker switch or a blown fuse. If you know where your electrical panel is, check it for loose breaker switches. Check the main panel as well as the fuse box on the unit itself. If neither of these issues makes your situation right, call for service as soon as you can.
Iced wiring or ice on the coils or lines
It is not uncommon for A/C coils or lines to freeze during high-use times. If they do, your unit will not work efficiently. Occasionally, a dirty filter will cause lines to freeze as it blocks airflow to the coils. Change the filters a minimum once every three months and check the registers to make sure they are open, clean, and clear. A faulty fan may also be the culprit; if the fan is not working, it will impede air flow through the unit and cause it to freeze up. Other potential causes include improper drainage (ice may be blocking the drain hole) or a malfunctioning thermostat.
In conclusion, you could save yourself a lot of money by eliminating all potential sources of your problem before you make that service call. However, if you are unable to fix your problems through these suggestions, call AC Plus today. We’re always ready to work when you need us.