Uncommon Tips for Keeping Your AC Unit Working Efficiently

Miami is a beautiful city and a wonderful place to live but it can be very hot and humid in the summer.  Keep your air conditioning unit working as efficiently as possible is vital. There are several ways that you can do that. Some are very common tips that you may have already heard before such as cleaning your filters, turning your thermostat up a few degrees and making sure your home or facility is insulated properly.

These are all great tips that can help considerably but here are a few uncommon tips for keeping your air conditioning unit working efficiently that you may not be aware of.

Tip #1: Use the AC Unit Fan Button

All air conditioning units have an auto and a fan button. Many people instinctively turn the unit to auto thinking that this will save energy and money because it cuts on and off automatically but that is not always the case. Instead of running your system on auto, use the fan button. The HVAC unit will still automatically kick in when the thermostat reaches the set temperature and it will blow cool air as normal.

However, when the condenser cuts off, the air will continue to blow and this will keep the air in your home or office circulating constantly. Doing this will help keep your facility cooler, save on energy usage and save you money because the condenser won’t kick in and run as often as it will if you use the auto button.

Tip #2: Keep Your Unit Running Cool

There are two main reasons for your air conditioning unit to run hot. If the unit is low on refrigerant or Freon, the copper pipe that connects the inside to the outside part of the unit will get hot. In this case, you’ll need to call in a HVAC repair company  to check the Freon in your unit. The technician will check your system to determine where it’s leaking since that is the only way it can be low on Freon. He will then repair the leak and replace the refrigerant to correct the problem.

The second thing that will make your unit run hot is when dirt builds up on the condenser coils. This is something that you can prevent simply by washing the outside of the unit and cleaning the condenser coils at least once a year with a water hose.

Tip #3: Leave Your System On

You may think that turning your system off when you leave and back on again when you return will save you money and wear and tear on your unit. The opposite is actually true. When you do this, every part of your home or office will heat up quickly, including inside the walls. Your HVAC system will have to work twice as hard and run much longer to cool everything back down again. This uses more energy than leaving the unit on and maintaining a constant temperature. It will put unnecessary stress on your unit that will wear it out faster.

In addition, you never want to turn your unit off and back on again within a five-minute time frame because this can damage the compressor. You can reduce your need for air conditioning repair in Miami Florida when you use these tips to keep your HVAC system working efficiently.

The professional technicians at 40 Degrees Air & Refrigeration are available to help you keep your air conditioning unit working efficiently. We offer regular maintenance checks, general repairs and we install new units for commercial or residential customers. We are also available for emergency repair when something unexpected does happen.

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