Your air conditioner may be your best friend during the sweltering summer
days of high humidity and triple-digit temperatures. However, while you
may depend on your air conditioner, it also has a number of enemies that
are determined to make its job harder, wear it out, or even cause it to
break down and stop working completely. If you ignore these threats to
your system’s health, you could find yourself making the call for
a major repair far sooner than you’d like.
Here are five of your air conditioner’s worst enemies and what you
can do to prevent them from wreaking havoc on your system.
Plants & Flowers
Plants and flowers may make your yard look beautiful and enjoyable all
year long, but near your air conditioner they’re quite the bully.
Your air conditioner’s outdoor unit has a giant fan that draws air
in through its sides in order to cool refrigerant that flows out of your
compressor, and that means it needs clean, uninhibited airflow. Plants
and flowers have leaves that can die, break off, or become lodged in your
outdoor unit’s cooling fans, restricting this much-needed airflow.
If your outdoor unit becomes too bogged down or the airflow becomes too
restricted, your air conditioner won’t work all that well inside
your home and you’ll be stuck to sweat it out with an ineffective system.
Recessed lighting is rapidly becoming a popular design choice among homeowners.
Not only do they offer a clean, low-profile look that can open up and
brighten nearly any space, but they’re fairly inexpensive to install.
That is, unless you want to install them
well. Recessed lighting is one of the single largest sources of unwanted heat
transfer in your home, often because the lights are installed and not
properly insulated to shield the inside of your home from the hot and
sticky conditions in your attic. Have your West Palm Beach air conditioning
team check your attic for air leaks to make sure your lights are properly
protected against this heat loss.
Are we saying that your four-legged best friend shouldn’t be welcome
in your home when you have an air conditioner? Absolutely not! Dogs and
air conditioners are perfectly compatible, but you need to exercise a
little bit of extra caution. For starters, dog hair (or any pet hair for
that matter) is one of the leading factors behind air filters clogging
up quickly. If you have a pet, check your air filter at least once per
month, and be prepared to change it often (particularly during coat-blowing
season). Likewise, particularly with male dogs, be sure they don’t
urinate on any exposed refrigerant lines. Dog urine is highly-corrosive
and could create cracks or even gaping holes over time. Be sure to train
your dog to do his business elsewhere, or shield your lines with protective
Who would steal an air conditioner? Honestly. Well, turns out, a lot of
people. Your air conditioner is full of refrigerant lines that are made
from copper, a metal that’s growing increasingly more rare and valuable.
We depend on copper for so many different purposes that the price tends
to fluctuate wildly based on the supply and discoveries of any new mines.
When copper prices are high, thieves have been known to break into homes
and steal air conditioner coils and refrigerant lines because of the price
they can get for selling off the metal tubing. Be sure your outdoor unit
is kept behind a fence that passers-by can’t clearly see into and
also cover your lines with insulation so thieves have reason to doubt
that what’s underneath might be the prize they’re seeking.
When it comes to the real threats against your air conditioner, there may
not be a bigger one than trying to run the system without having it regularly
maintained. A poorly-kept system is inefficient, slow, and prone to breaking
down and falling apart, costing you thousands in repairs and replacement.
If you haven’t scheduled your annual maintenance service for your
air conditioner yet, pick up the phone and call our Palm Beach County
air conditioning team at Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC! Dial (888) 660-4337 to
schedule your service.