We all want to stretch our electricity dollars to the max this hot season. However, did you know that some air conditioner repairs and tricks can do more harm than good? Below, we will show you the 4 AC repair mistakes you should stop making now.
1. Incorrectly Using a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat is a great tool. It can help you set your home’s temperature from the comfort of your sofa or across the world. However, it can be used incorrectly if you are obsessed with setting the temperature. For example, you may be tempted to set a higher temperature in the summer when you are not in the home. However, this can be counter-intuitive to your money saving goals. This is because your system has to “kick it up a notch” when it’s time to get to the correct temperature. Make sure to take the time to do the math on what you save before trying this.
2. Going Too Big
When choosing a new unit for your home, bigger is not always better. It is important that your cooling or heating unit is the right size for your needs. This includes square footage, usage, ability to fit in available space, region, and even power source. A unit that is too big may not fit, and it will definitely be a waste of money. All AC units are designed with a specific range for square feet, BTUS, and other factors. Do not let a salesman “talk you into” getting a unit that is too big OR too small.
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3. Not Replacing Ductwork
When you do have a new unit installed, it is the perfect time to redo your ductwork. In many circumstances it lasts as long as a traditional AC unit and also needs to be replaced. Faulty ductwork leads to leaks, overworking your new unit, wasted energy, power loss, and higher energy bills. As an added incentive, you may also ask your AC professional if they will give you a bulk deal for the new unit as well as the ductwork.
4. DIY AC Repairs
Did you know many AC units come with great warranties? They can last anywhere from ten years and beyond. However, many homeowners have a DIY mindset. Unfortunately, should that mindset allow them to attempt an AC repair mistake, they will immediately void that warranty. Be sure you know what your warranty covers, how long it lasts, and only use techs that will keep it valid.
Avoid Lodi AC Repair Mistakes
Does your home or small business in Lodi or the surrounding area need professional AC repairs or other similar service? Blackwell is a locally owned cooling and heating company that serves the community quickly and efficiently. We specialize in helping you professionally repair, install, and maintain your air conditioner as well as all other types of AC units. Feel free to contact us to learn more about how we can help you get you comfortable.