Dealing With Furnace Problems

Dealing With Furnace Problems

3 Habits That Can Damage Your Air Conditioner

by Eliza Chapman

Proper maintenance of your air conditioner will ensure your unit provides better air quality, operates efficiently, and saves energy. You will also avoid costly repairs that can strain you financially and reduce the lifespan of your investment. Your air conditioner professional will detect any problems with your equipment early, preventing severe damage.

Here are habits that can interfere with your machine's functioning and ultimately damage it.

Adjusting the Thermostat Too Frequently

Just like using your car's brakes excessively wears down brake pads, adjusting the thermostat frequently leads to wear and tear of the AC system. Hence, your AC unit's components will deteriorate rapidly, leading to unnecessary repairs and replacements. 

Also, this mistake causes your equipment to consume more energy every time it has to start up, unlike when it runs at a certain temperature for an extended period. As a result, you will spend more on utility bills. 

When you are away from home, you shouldn't leave the thermostat at the same temperature, as this will also waste energy. During summer, you should set the device to 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you are at home. Doing so allows your AC system to cool your home less, saving energy. You can also install a programmable thermostat that will make daily automatic temperature adjustments based on your preferences, saving you the trouble of doing it yourself.

Shutting the Registers

You may think you need to shut the air conditioner registers in the rooms you don't often use, for example, a spare bedroom. This idea may seem like an efficient way to save energy, but it will only harm your equipment. Your air vents are designed to accommodate a certain amount of air output. So, closing off the registers will increase the air pressure in the components. This anomaly will also increase the temperature in the system, damaging your evaporator coils, blower fan, compressor, and motors.

As a result, your AC system will have reduced efficiency, causing it to overwork to compensate for the deficiency. This problem will further damage your AC unit's components. Moreover, shutting off some vents will cause uneven temperatures in your home. This abnormality can confuse your machine and make it cycle on and off or overwork, leading to wear and tear. Hence, you will incur costly repairs.

Blocking Vents with Furniture

Ensure you don't block the ductwork when arranging your furniture, as it can cause condensation and trigger mold growth on the wooden or fabric-covered items. To avoid damage, leave some space between the vents and the home furnishings. You can also use air vent diverters to direct the air away from the furniture. Your air conditioner expert can help you install the add-ons.

For more information, contact a company like Add Air INC.


About Me

Dealing With Furnace Problems

A few years ago, I could tell that we were having serious furnace problems. In addition to dealing with a house that was constantly too cold or too warm, we were also plagued by a noisy, smelly furnace that seemed to have trouble on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I didn't know enough about furnaces at the time to spot the problems quickly. One day, the entire system died, and it was beyond repair. After having that experience, I learned a lot about HVAC systems, so that I could troubleshoot future systems. This website is all about teaching you what you need to know so that you don't end up in the same situation.