Albers Air Conditioning is a trusted local family-owned air conditioner repair service that’s served the residents of Mandeville, Covington, Slidell, and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Our highly trained technicians offer expert diagnostic services to identify your issue and fix it quickly. The next time you need AC maintenance or a new air conditioner installation, call us and determine the difference a locally-owned company makes.
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Why Air Conditioner Maintenance Is so Important
Is your air conditioner going to work when you turn it on that first hot day of summer? Many people find out at the last minute that their air conditioner has bitten the dust and requires repairs or replacement. One of the many benefits of regular air conditioner maintenance is peace of mind knowing that the system is ready to go when you need it most. Here are some other benefits of AC maintenance you may not have thought of.
- Increased system efficiency, which means greater comfort and lower energy bills.
- Reduced chance of significant issues that require expensive repairs or replacement.
- Better air quality in your home, which means a healthier indoor environment.
- Increases the lifespan of your air conditioner.
Your air conditioner is a complex machine, and like any other machine, it performs better and lasts longer if you keep it well-maintained. So, what can you do to ensure your system is always in tip-top shape? Let’s find out.
Tips for Maintaining Your Air Conditioner
Although the typical air conditioner lasts between 10 and 15 years, you’ll get the best performance from it if you perform regular maintenance and tune-ups. Here are a few things you can do that are inexpensive and don’t take up much time to keep your AC system running great.
- Change or Clean the Air Filter: Your HVAC system uses air filters to trap dirt, dust, pet hair, and other debris from getting into the system. Over time, the filter gets dirty, and if it’s not changed or cleaned, it can impede the airflow into the system, which makes it work harder to give you the temperature you desire. Change or clean your filters once a month for maximum efficiency.
- Check the Drain Line: Air conditioners produce moisture that must drain out of the condenser. Over time, the drain line can clog with algae or other debris. Check the drain line when you change your air filters and keep it clean by flushing it with a small amount of bleach. If it’s clogged, try using a wet/dry vacuum to remove the obstruction.
- Call a Professional for AC Tune-up: Hiring a professional AC technician to inspect your system is like taking your car to a mechanic. The experts know what to look for and can identify problems that may significantly impact the system’s performance down the road.
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Signs You Need AC Repair
As summer nears and the temperatures begin rising, the last thing you want is for your air conditioner to fail when you need it the most. Fortunately, most AC systems give off warning signs that they’re ready to fail so you can call for repair or replacement before that happens. Here are the signs to watch for.
- Warm Air: If you feel warm air blowing out of the vents in your home, check the thermostat to see if it’s set to cooling mode and then set it lower than the current temperature. If you still don’t see results, it could be a sign that your AC is failing and that you need to call for AC maintenance.
- Weak Airflow: Weak airflow is a common sign that your air conditioner either isn’t working efficiently or has a blockage somewhere in the ductwork. Weak airflow can also result from a broken motor or a more serious issue. If the airflow isn’t as strong as it should be, call a technician for an inspection before the system fails.
- Frequent Cycling: Your air conditioner should go through regular cooling cycles regardless of the temperature. While it’s normal for your system to turn on more frequently during the hottest days, it shouldn’t turn on and off quickly. If you notice that your system is cycling too frequently, it may need a simple tune-up or it may be a sign of a bigger problem.