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Are you worried about keeping your air conditioner in proper working condition throughout the entire summer? Read on to learn five steps to prevent a major AC repair in your Stuttgart, AR, home.

Change the Air Filters

Swapping out your air conditioner’s filter once a month is the easiest way to keep the system running at optimum efficiency. Dirty air filters make your AC system work harder, and the result is the breakdown of vital air conditioner parts. Keeping the airflow running smoothly throughout the system helps you avoid AC repairs and lowers your monthly energy bills.

Eliminate Obstructions Around the AC Unit

Don’t allow shrubbery, tree limbs, or other dirt and debris to affect your outside air conditioner unit. The AC fins and coils inside the unit must be kept free of anything that might affect efficient operation. Obstructions will cause these parts to work too hard or even stop working entirely.

Adjust the Thermostat

Did you know that simply adjusting your thermostat intelligently helps avoid costly AC repair work? The reason is that it reduces how often your air conditioning system cycles on and off. This lessens how hard all the system’s parts need to work during the hottest hours of each day.

Installing a smart thermostat is one way to accomplish this. You can set it to increase your home’s temperature slightly while you’re away at work and then lower it upon your return. Keeping heavy shades closed during the day is another way to keep your thermostat from cycling on as often.

Seal Your Home and Inspect Ductwork

Schedule a periodic HVAC maintenance tuneup so your service tech can inspect the ductwork for leaks. Improperly sealed ductwork allows cool air to escape and creates an overworked AC system.

Install new weatherstripping or caulking around your doors and windows for the same reason. Anything you can do to make sure the cool air produced by your air conditioner doesn’t escape goes a long way toward avoiding major repairs.

Schedule an Annual AC Tuneup

The most effective way to keep your AC system from needing major repairs is to have it maintained every year. Contact Pine Bluff Heating & Air so we can schedule your next AC tuneup appointment. We’ll inspect all essential parts and make sure your air conditioner keeps your family comfortable all summer.

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