ATLANTA, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuously running an air conditioning unit during the hot Atlanta summer can send homeowners calling for AC repair. But the Alpharetta air conditioning experts at Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning have tips for homeowners to prevent their units from getting overworked.
One of the most common problems is a poor refrigerant charge. A home that has a unit that is constantly running, but isn't getting cool may have a refrigerant problem.
"A refrigerant leak or a unit that wasn't properly charged at install could be to blame," says Phil Montgomery, owner of Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning, an Alpharetta furnace and AC company. "One of my licensed technicians can quickly locate and fix the problem before homeowners start to feel the heat."
The power source should always be checked first if a unit stops working. Check to be sure the thermostat is on the correct setting and the unit is properly plugged in. If those are correct, check the fuse box to be sure a switch has not been flipped.
Lack of maintenance on the homeowner's part can also lead to repair. Homeowners should properly change air filters, clean the system and maintain regular check-ups to maintain a unit's efficiency. Yearly maintenance appointments should also be scheduled with a licensed technician.
"Homeowners should clean air conditioner periodically, as well," says Montgomery, who also provides air conditioning repair services. "Using a garden hose, a homeowner can spray down the coils, and then use an air conditioning cleaner on them. Homeowners should be sure to follow all directions on the cleaning solution and thoroughly rinse the coils after cleaning them. The unit should be allowed to dry thoroughly before being used."
Locate the unit's drain outside and use a wet/dry vacuum to clean the drain of any debris. Be sure the drain has a cap that covers it to keep debris out of it. Remove any twigs, grass, or other debris that might have entered the outside unit. Homeowners should periodically clean the outside unit to maintain maximum efficiency.
By following these simple steps, homeowners can keep their air conditioning units running efficiently all summer long.
To learn more about Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning, please call 404-288-6010.
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