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4 Ways You Might Be Putting Strain On Your AC System

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During the hot summer months, it's difficult to imagine living in your home without your air conditioning system. You and your family depend on your AC during the summer months to maintain some degree of comfort inside your home, but there are many homeowners who actually make more work for their systems without realizing it. To help you in the effort of keeping your home cool and comfortable this summer, our Cutler Bay AC company has taken the time to put together this short list that identifies a number of common ways that you might be making your air conditioning system work harder than it needs to this summer, and how you can fix it.

Dirty Filters

One of the most common reasons that air conditioning systems don't work properly is because of dirty or clogged air filters. Generally speaking, most air filters need to be changed out between every 1 to 3 months, depending on the filter type and how much dirt, dust, and debris it has trapped. Failure to do so can cause your system to work much harder than it needs to as it struggles to intake air. Air filters are usually fairly easy to change out on your own and can be found in the home improvement or maintenance section of just about any store.

Thermostat

Another common issue that tends to pop up in air conditioning systems is the thermostat. The thermostat is responsible for controlling the temperature setting throughout your home, and as such, any issues with it could cause your system to work harder than it needs to. You'll want to make sure that your thermostat is powered on, has fresh batteries, is cleaned out inside, and is level. If any issues are still present after ensuring that all of the above is taken care of, it's best to call in a professional to see what might be causing the issue.

Drainage

Much like your air filter, your drain line can become clogged over time with algae and other deposits, and when it does, your drain pan will fill up and you could have water leaking out that could cause damage to your AC unit or anything around the pan. Pouring a cap of bleach down your drain line every so often can help to keep these clogs from forming, but if the clog is bad enough, you'll likely want to call in a pro to ensure that it's properly removed.

Refrigerant Leaks

If the coolant in your air conditioning system starts to leak, the unit isn't going to be able to perform correctly. You'll likely notice temperature fluctuations, as well as a number of other issues start to spring up. As the location of the leak can vary greatly and play a major role in the cost of repairs, it's best to have a professional come out and have this examined by a professional AC contractor.

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