The ABC’s of AC Service: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your AC Running Smoothly.
The best time to service your Central Air Conditioner is before you have a problem.
Seems obvious, right? However, neglect is one of the biggest reasons your Air Conditioner stops performing or worse yet stops working at all.
As a homeowner in Boise, Nampa, and the Treasure Valley, keeping your home’s air conditioning system in top working condition is essential to staying comfortable during our hot summer months.
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Whether you have a Central Air Conditioner or a Ductless Mini Split AC System, regular AC service is crucial to maintaining optimal performance and energy efficiency.
In this article, we’ll cover the ABCs of AC service, from basic maintenance tasks to troubleshooting common problems and more.
There are two simple things every homeowner can do to contribute to their comfort and prevent an unexpected AC breakdown.
Step 1: Change Your Air Filter Regularly: One of the simplest yet most important maintenance tasks you can do for your AC system is to replace the air filter regularly. A dirty filter can restrict airflow, reduce efficiency, and even damage your system over time.
How often should you replace your air filter? It depends on how many people live in your home, if there are pets in the home, and if someone suffers from allergies or asthma. Our techs will evaluate your needs so you can do what’s best for your home. Depending on your usage and the type of filter you have, you may need to replace your filter every 3-6 months.
Step 2: Schedule Regular AC Maintenance: At a minimum you should have your Air Conditioner serviced by a professional once a year. A professional safety and maintenance check-up will help you AC run at peak performance, extend the life of your equipment, and give you peace of mind.
Consider the Peppy Comfort Club where we provide insane value and discounts for your HVAC equipment. We’ll keep track of and schedule yearly service for your Air Conditioner and Furnace. And if your equipment breaks down or you have an emergency, you’ll get priority treatment!
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS FOR AC SERVICE
If you’re noticing that you’re not as comfortable as you used to be, or if your monthly energy bill is increasing, it’s important to schedule AC service as soon as possible to prevent further damage and ensure that your system is running at peak efficiency.
Common AC Problems: Even with regular maintenance, AC systems can develop problems from time to time. Some of the most common issues include refrigerant leaks, frozen evaporator coils, clogged drain lines, and malfunctioning thermostats.
Understanding Energy Efficiency: Energy efficiencies have improved dramatically over the years. One of the main benefits of regular AC service is improved energy efficiency, which can save you money on your utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint. If your AC system is more than 12 years old, it might be time to consider upgrading to a high efficiency and ENERGY STAR® rated air conditioner.
In addition to basic maintenance tasks, there are other steps you can take to maximize energy efficiency, such as upgrading to a programmable thermostat, sealing air leaks in your home, and investing in a high-efficiency AC system.
Air Conditioning Refrigerant: Freon, or refrigerant, is the substance that cools and dehumidifies the air in your AC system. If your system is low on Freon, it may not cool effectively or could even suffer damage. If you suspect a Freon leak, it’s important to schedule AC service right away to prevent further problems.
Green Options: If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of your AC system, there are several green options to consider. These include high-efficiency systems, Ductless Mini-Split Systems, and the option to use solar to power the AC system. Solar and Ductless are powerful solutions for many homeowners.
Humidity Control: In addition to cooling your home, your AC system also plays a key role in controlling indoor humidity levels. If your home feels too humid despite running your AC, there may be an issue with your system’s dehumidifier. Our trained and certified HVAC techs will advise on and diagnose and repair the problem to keep your home comfortable and healthy.
Converting Your Attic, Basement or Garage: Many homeowners are converting their garage into livable space. The most important thing to know is that you don’t want to add additional load to your Central Air Conditioner.
A better solution is to add a Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner to the new space, this will give you the benefit of heating and cooling the new space without disrupting the comfort for the rest of the house.
Another benefit of Ductless Air Conditioning is that you can use it to solve hot spots throughout your home. It’s become popular to install Ductless AC in Master Bedrooms or on the 2nd level of homes that may be hard to keep cool.
Stay a Step Ahead of The AC Season! Scheduling AC Maintenance for your Boise and Nampa home now, can keep you cool and comfy all summer long.
Get Hoppin’ Good Service from Boise’s best HVAC contractor. Our cheerful and knowledgeable techs are here to help whether you need to repair, replace, or maintain your Air Conditioner. Call: (208) 906-6928 TODAY!