In the dog days of summer, many keep the air conditioning running, but are you getting the most out of your A/C?
The hum of A/C units is a familiar sound during the summer.
“An air conditioner's about like a vehicle, if you're going to take a trip across country you definitely want to get it serviced,” says Harold Pennington, co-owner of Appalachian Heating and Cooling.
He says it's during this time of year when he gets the most service calls.
“There's dust, grass, this that and the other gets up in your unit, creates high pressure, causes you to have high electric bills. It can also cause your compressor to fail prematurely,” he says.
Compressor failure is exactly what happened to Elbert William's old unit.
“A serviceman come out here and check it and he said it'd cost more to fix it than it's worth, so I needed a new one,” explains Williams.
“The old saying is, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’” says Pennington.
He says the easiest way to keep your unit running efficiently is to check your air filter and change it when needed. He also says units are made to run. To get the most out of it, don't start and stop it constantly. Most filters require changing every month and if you have pets, you need to check it more often.
Overall, taking care of your air conditioning system takes some effort, but to people like Williams, it's worth it.