What Not to Do With Your Air Conditioner: 4 Mistakes to Avoid

Today’s air conditioners are highly advanced devices that boast a combination of performance, efficiency, and durability that would’ve been unimaginable just ten or twenty years ago.

When installed and maintained by experienced Howell, NJ, AC contractors, a modern air conditioner can easily last for decades even with heavy usage. That being said, even the best AC in the world can still become faulty as a result of improper use or installation.

We have previously listed the most common causes of AC breakage and discussed the telltale signs of a dying air conditioner. Now we will help you get the most out of your new AC by listing 4 major mistakes homeowners make when installing and using their new air conditioners. Read on.

What should you not do with an air conditioner?

The single biggest mistake homeowners make in regards to their ACs is failing to schedule annual maintenance checkups. A professional tuneup will not only ensure optimal AC operation, it will also catch and fix minor problems before they can turn into big (and expensive) ones.

To keep your AC healthy, refrain from doing these 4 things:

1. Failing to clean the filters

Every air conditioner contains one or more filters that are designed to catch particulates such as dust, spores, allergens, small debris, and so on, before they get inside your home. These filters need to be replaced or washed (if they’re reusable) every couple of months or so, depending on how much you use your AC.

Failing to do this will cause the filters to accumulate so much dirt that they will completely block airflow and severely hamper the functioning of your AC, and may even negatively impact your indoor air quality. If you haven’t replaced your filters lately, open up your AC and do so now, or call in a registered technician to do it for you.

2. Blocking airflow

Always make sure there’s enough clearance between your air conditioner (or AC vents) and the surrounding furniture, appliances, and other items. Hampering airflow will not only reduce your AC’s ability to provide cooling, it will also force it to work harder and therefore fail sooner than it should. 

3. Putting the AC in a hot spot

No matter how convenient it may be, you should never install your AC or the thermostat near a space heater, oven, electric barbeque, TV, lamps, or other heat-generating devices. Also, avoid installing it in a place that receives a lot of direct sunlight.

4. Not cleaning the outdoor unit

Don’t let the exterior unit of your central or split system AC become covered with dirt and debris, and make sure there’s enough clearance between it and any nearby shrubbery, trees, trash cans, and other objects that may block airflow.

Does an air conditioner need to rest?

Modern ACs are designed for constant operation, so there’s no need for the user to manually switch them off to let them “rest”. However, properly designed ACs will automatically cycle off about 3 times per hour to prevent the evaporator coil from accumulating ice and stopping airflow.

In other words, your AC will regularly give itself the downtime it needs to prevent malfunctions and keep its components running smoothly for many years to come, without compromising on its cooling performance.

Where in Howell, NJ, can I hire reputable AC contractors?

What should you not do with an air conditioner

Whether you live near the Freewood Acres Park in Howell or in one of the many other New Jersey communities we serve, you can rely on Allied Experts to meet your every HVAC or plumbing-related need in an efficient and professional manner.

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