It is summertime in Texas! That means a lot of things. It means family fun, barbecues, vacations, and it also means 100-degree temperatures!
This heat is hard on our homes, too. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your air conditioner is in good shape and keeps running, to keep you comfortable throughout the summer and all year long.
1. Check your filters!
You’ve heard this from us before, but that’s because it’s so important. Make sure your filters are clean! Some houses have a four-inch filter, and those can last longer. But if you have a one-inch filter, make sure that you’re checking those every month to see if they need to be changed out! Your A/C system is going to be working harder in the summertime than any other time of the year. So make sure you’re helping your A/C system to do its job well by keeping that filter clean.
2. Listen for noises.
If you hear loud or strange noises coming through your A/C system, don’t ignore that. Most of the time, this is not something that is just going to fix itself, and it might be an indicator that something’s going wrong in there. Call us or call someone else you trust to come out and check your system out before something actually does break down. So pay attention to any noises coming from your system!
3. Check for water.
if you see water in the pan, that’s not supposed to be there. Condensation is supposed to drain into the main sewer drain of the house, usually into a vanity P trap tub overflow. Air conditioners can pull 5-10 gallons of water a day out of the air and can cause major damage to your home so never ignore water in places you don’t think it should be.
4. Check your ductwork.
Take a look at your ductwork, and make sure everything looks good there. If you don’t like what you see when you go in your attic, give us a call and we can replace it for you to keep you comfortable.
5. Check for pests.
Ants, rats, mice, squirrels cannot chew through steel wool, so if you find a crack or hole somewhere that you can’t repair quickly, stuffing some steel wool into the crack can help protect your system from pests. If pests get to your unit they can chew through wires and generally wreak havoc on your system. It can’t hurt to have a pest control company come out and check these things out too!
We hope this helps you stay nice and comfortable in your home! If you are out and about make sure you’re taking precautions outside, too—carry plenty of water. Have a great summer!