A working air conditioning system or A/C unit is a must for comfort in the Las Vegas heat. In fact, many of us probably take our A/C systems for granted, confident that they will continue to keep us cool reliably every single day.
But what happens when your A/C system isn’t working as it should? Don’t panic! AC Plus has answers.
One of the most common issues we hear about is an AC system not shutting off at all. If your system is running continuously, you could be in for much higher energy bills – and that’s the least of your problems. If your AC system won’t shut off, it could be a sign of bigger, more expensive problems on the way.
Here are some ways you can troubleshoot this problem at home before you make that service call:
Make sure your thermostat is working
This should always be your first line of inquiry if your AC unit won’t shut off. It may be set incorrectly—for instance, the fan may be set to run constantly instead of automatically—or it could be that the temperature has been set too low. Try setting the thermostat to a degree or two above room temperature. If it still doesn’t shut off, then it’s probably not the thermostat that is at issue.
Clean the condenser
Dirty coils are often the cause of inefficient cooling. Dirt, dust, and debris build up on the coils over time, causing the unit to work overtime to maintain the temperature. Clean your condenser coils on a regular basis to ensure your unit is working as it should.
Check the fan switch
Near the blower, you will find a “fan limit switch”. This feature allows the fan to run independently, meaning it is not affected by the thermostat setting. When this setting is on manual, it may mean that the fan runs constantly instead of just when it’s needed. Switch this to “auto” and the fan won’t run on its own anymore as it will be controlled by the thermostat settings.
Perform regular maintenance on your A/C unit
Regular and seasonal maintenance is crucial to maximizing the efficiency and longevity of your A/C system. A properly maintained system will ensure you are getting the most out of your investment and paying the least possible amount on your energy bills. It will also help keep the air quality in your home the best it can be and reduce the number of service calls you will have to make throughout the year.
Still need help with A/C maintenance? Call AC Plus today!
These are just a few tips to help you troubleshoot problems with your A/C system. If you have performed these simple tests and the system still won’t shut off, it might be time to call in the experts at AC Plus . We offer same-day and emergency service throughout Las Vegas, helping you maintain cool comfort all year-round.
SIt’s been 116 years since the birth of modern air conditioning. Ironically, it’s older than Las Vegas itself!
The first commercial AC system was unveiled in 1902, where it was introduced to control humidity in a printing plant. Previous attempts date back to Roman times when water was circulated through walls to cool the interiors of only the richest citizens. Other largely inefficient and expensive efforts include transporting massive amounts of snow from nearby mountains — an exercise that holds true today in its “spare no expense” attitude towards cooling our world in the hot summer months.
In Las Vegas, our first AC-equipped building was the El Portal Theater on Fremont Street, which surely made it a popular venue for whiling away on a hot afternoon.
How to save money on AC
Statistically, about 65 percent of our total energy use in the summer can be attributed to air conditioning. This means, of course, it is a big part of what we pay for in terms of electricity.
Raise your thermostat
To save money and reduce energy costs, many people choose to keep their thermostat a little higher than the recommended 78 degrees. In truth, every degree lower will increase your average energy bill by about 2.5 percent, so if you raise your thermostat by two degrees, you could potentially save 5 percent overall.
Install a ceiling fan
Ceiling fans don’t add any efficiency to your AC, but they do help keep you cooler, which means you may refrain from lowering the thermostat.
Don’t run appliances during the heat of the day
Major appliances, such as washers and dryers, give off a great deal of heat. This may contribute to the heat inside your home, so running your laundry at night may reduce the burden on your AC system.
Install a smart thermostat
A smart thermostat is a great way to increase the efficiency of your AC system and save money at the same time. You will be able to access and adjust your thermostat via a smartphone app, meaning you can reduce your energy load when you are not at home. You can pre-program them to turn on just before you come home and shut off when you’re at work. Some may even be able to let you know when service is needed or filters need to be replaced.
Tips for keeping your AC unit working great
Here are a few tips to get the most out of your AC system:
- If possible, install your unit in a shady place. This can extend the life of your condensing fan motor by about double. In Las Vegas, this part needs to be replaced every 5 to 10 years, on average.
- Get your unit inspected every year to ensure it is in good working order.
- Change air filters regularly, every 30 or 90 days.
- Hose down your outdoor condensing units on a yearly basis to clear it of dirt and dust.
- Remove bushes and weeds in a two-foot diameter around your condenser to promote unobstructed airflow.
- Unless you have severe allergies or respiratory issues, don’t use the pleated filters as they will make your unit work harder.
AC Plus has been providing quality air conditioning service in Las Vegas for more than two decades. For any type of AC installation, sales, service or maintenance, call us first. You’ll be glad you did.