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How to Increase Air Conditioner Efficiency

central-air-conditioningWhether you’re still using your air conditioner from time to time, or have shut it down for the season, it’s a good idea to know how to increase its efficiency for the next time you need it. There are a couple of different steps you can take to make sure that your air conditioner is more energy efficient, and less prone to breaking down. Read on to find out more about how to keep your air conditioner in top condition.

Preventive Maintenance

One of the biggest challenges to overcome with keeping air conditioners in good shape is that the problems they often deal with do not give off obvious symptoms. At least, they don’t until they’ve had a while to develop and cause damage. You obviously don’t want to wait until the system has already suffered a lot of damage before getting it repaired. That means that your best bet is to have the problems fixed before they start giving off symptoms. How do you do that? With preventive maintenance.

Preventive maintenance gives your technician the opportunity to closely examine your entire air conditioning system for any problem areas. Any issues found can be resolved before they have the chance to get any worse. Preventive maintenance is the single greatest thing that you can do to keep your air conditioner in good shape. Systems that receive regular preventive maintenance have been shown to operate up to 40% more efficiently than systems that don’t. They’ve also been shown to be up to 90% less likely to develop problems in the future.

Call for Repairs as Soon as Possible If You Suspect a Problem

Preventive maintenance is a great thing for keeping your air conditioner healthy, and you should do it at least once a year. However, it’s not a guarantee that problems will never happen. The longer you have your air conditioner, the greater the chances that you will have to deal with a problem at some point between maintenance appointments. The key is knowing when to call for repairs, if you have to. There are a number of warning signs that you should look for regarding that, including:

  • Weird Noises: Odd noises are never a good sign when it comes to most systems. If your air conditioner is making any kind of weird noise while it’s operating, it’s a good idea to call a professional.
  • Short Cycling: Short cycling is when the system turns on and off every couple of minutes, instead of completing a full cooling cycle. It’s a serious problem, and one that should be addressed by a technician as soon as possible.
  • Refrigerant Leaks: Refrigerant is the lifeblood of the air conditioner. No refrigerant, no air conditioning. Make absolutely sure that you call for repairs if you notice refrigerant leaking from any part of the system.

PRK Services, Inc. provides comprehensive air conditioner maintenance and repair services throughout Denton, TX. If you need help with your air conditioner, contact us today for an appointment. We’ll make sure that your air conditioner is as healthy as possible.

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