If you don't treat your air conditioner properly, the chances are good that you'll need to do some troubleshooting to figure out why your home isn't as cool as it should be. To save you a little future time and effort, here are three common mistakes homeowners make:
Mistake #1: Setting the Thermostat Very Low to Speed-Up Cooling
Admittedly, there is logic to the thought that setting the thermostat to 60 degrees instead of 66 will result in the home cooling faster. But this is not how most HVAC systems work. The thermostat controls when the air conditioner kicks on, not how hard it works. So if it is 74 degrees in your home and you set the thermostat to 66 or 60, your air conditioner will work the same way to cool the home.
Mistake #2: Blocking Air Registers
The cool air comes out of registers, also known as vents, from the ductwork and in the rooms of the home. When there is a blockage at the register, cooled air can no longer accomplish its goal of cooling the home. Most homeowners don't purposely block their registers but can do so on accident, such as when they place a large piece of furniture or rug over one. Then they wonder why any particular room isn't as cool as the rest of the house.
Mistake #3: Not Getting Regular A/C Maintenance
The air conditioner is an advanced piece of technology with a lot of moving parts. The more moving parts a piece of technology has, the more maintenance it will need to operate reliably. Air conditioners are no exception. Without regular maintenance, small problems with the air conditioner, such as damaged wiring or moving parts without enough lubrication, can result in more serious problems later. This can lead to higher repair costs and a longer amount of time going without the air conditioner while it gets fixed.
If you're having problems with your air conditioner or have unsuccessfully tried troubleshooting it yourself, contact our team at Griffin Heating & Air Conditioning by calling 704-873-1749.