5 Ways People Break Their Air Conditioners in Metro Vancouver

Posted on: August 6th, 2014 by Ashton Service Group
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Summer is the time of year where we get the most phone calls asking for service or repair to an air conditioner (AC) that is no longer working or is blowing hot air instead of cold. Here in Metro Vancouver we do not have extended periods of time with hot weather but it seems to be changing with climate change as every summer more people are looking to getting quotations to install an AC in their home.

But for those families who already have an AC getting it repaired in the heat of summer is not only expensive but it’s a big hassle as a lot of companies are handling a lot of AC calls as well. It is important to schedule an annual air conditioner maintenance to avoid untimely equipment breakdowns.

To avoid having your AC breakdown, please review these 5  most common homeowner-caused AC breakdowns.

1) Forgetting to change your air filter

Your air filter needs to be changed regularly (or cleaned, if you have a washable filter). Leaving a dirty air filter in your AC system can cause problems with it running. The filter gets clogged, reducing airflow to your air conditioner and making it work much harder than it needs to. This increases your energy costs and can also lead to premature breakdown of your system.

Fix: If you have a basic fiberglass filter, change it every 30 days during the summer. For other types of filters, follow the maufacturer’s recommendations.

2) Ignoring strange noises coming from your AC

Another common cause of air conditioner breakdowns is ignoring the signs of a bigger problem. For example, if your air conditioner is making a strange noise (buzzing, hissing, bubbling, clanking, or anything out of the ordinary), it can be a sign that something is wrong—even if the AC seems to still be cooling your home. If you ignore the noise, this can lead to an even bigger problem later—like a complete breakdown of your system.

Fix: Don’t ignore the signs of an AC problem. Call a professional HVAC technician if your air conditioner is making strange noises or if you notice anything out of place. Of course, not all problems are obvious but it is important to follow the next point.

3) Not having regular air conditioner maintenance

Did you know that an annual air conditioner maintenance is recommended by your AC manufacturer? In fact, not having regular maintenance can void your manufacturer’s warranty and it is not uncommon for homeowners in Metro Vancouver to put this off. By putting regular maintenance off it can lead to bigger problems down the road that could have been identified and caught when it was a minor thing.

Fix: Schedule your air conditioner maintenance or tune up in late spring or early summer as HVAC companies are not yet inundated with AC calls and have the most flexibility in scheduling a technician to do the maintenance.

4) Closing AC vents in unused rooms

While not as common as some of the other items on this list, closing air conditioning vents in unused rooms can lead to air conditioning problems, including breakdowns.

How? Closing vents causes an imbalance of pressure and can actually cost you more energy than it saves.

Fix: Leave your vents opened—even in rooms that aren’t used regularly.

5) Letting your dogs get too close to your air conditioner

Dog urine eats away at the inside of your air conditioner destroying the coils and fins of the condenser unit causing major repairs. And it’s more common than you might think for a dog to “water” your AC. If you catch your dog in the act, immediately rinse off your air conditioning unit with a hose.

Fix: Install a fence around the air conditioning unit to keep your dogs away. Just make sure the fence is at least 12 inches away from the sides of the AC. Having it too close can lower your AC’s efficiency.

If you would like to schedule an AC maintenance/tune up or getting a quote to install a new AC in your metro Vancouver home, feel free to give us a call at 604-275-0455.

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