AC repair: How to avoid an expensive repair this summer

The last thing you want to think about in the scorching Atlanta heat is an AC repair. Keeping your AC . . .

The last thing you want to think about in the scorching Atlanta heat is an AC repair. Keeping your AC in working condition is very important during the hottest months of the year. Trust someone who went through an Atlanta summer without any AC -- a working cooling system is the key to a happy summer.

If your AC is not emitting cool air or is making unusual sounds, it might be time to look into getting a repair. Once an AC has completely broken down, it can cost up to hundreds of dollars for a repair and even thousands for a replacement. Who wants to spend their vacation money on that?

Whether you have central air, a built-in wall unit or a window unit, it is important to check that your system is well-maintained, up-to-date and being used correctly, even if your AC seems to be working just fine. This will help lower the number of repairs needed and extend the life of your AC. Here are a few things you can do to be sure your AC is working at its best this summer.

Get to know your AC

Gain a general understanding of your cooling system. Almost every unit has a manual complete with all the essential information you need. An online search or discussion with your Atlanta HVAC specialist will help you gain a better understanding of how your particular central system works. Knowing more about your system will help you figure out when things are not going as they should and simple ways to fix the problem before it gets out of hand.

Have regular check-ups

Our ACs need regular check-ups just like we do. Even if you do not have an elaborate central cooling system, it is still a good idea to have a professional AC repair specialist check on your system once a year. Not only can he or she give you a few tips on keeping your AC running smoothly, but some companies even provide free diagnostics for regular customers.

Keep it clean

Many times, you can avoid an AC repair simply by making sure your unit or outdoor compressor is clean. Regularly clean out filters from the units and remove the debris from the compressor. This will not only help avoid repairs, but also make cooling more efficient and help you save on your energy bill. Remember to shut off the system and refer to your manual before cleaning. You should also cover the top half of the compressor during the winter. If the thought of cleaning your AC makes you nervous, just call an HVAC professional in Atlanta to do this for you.

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