Most Arizona residents know that lightning, rain, and dust can be dangerous to Valley drivers, but did you know that these weather issues and the monsoon season can also damage an air conditioning unit? Monsoon storms can make your air conditioner work harder, or worse, stop working entirely.
The Arizona monsoon season officially runs June 15 through September 30, so we may still have storms in our future. Here are some tips for keeping your AC unit in good working order during the monsoon season.
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Clean the condensing line
• During the monsoon season, an HVAC unit can produce 5-10 gallons of water per day. If the drain line becomes clogged or clogged, the water in pan capacitors It may overflow and damage your home.
• The most common sign of a clogged AC drain line is that no water is dripping from the condensing line outside your home.
• If you want to try to fix the problem yourself, turn off the air conditioner, locate the drain line that exits your house, and then use a wet and dry vacuum cleaner to clear the blockage and remove water and debris.
• If you are not comfortable performing this cleaning technique, contact a professional to service your unit and remedy the blockage.
• Storms can leave your outdoor unit covered in dust and dirt, which can make the unit run hotter and use more electricity.
• You can use a hose to spray the outside of your unit after a storm, removing dust and debris. Run water over the coil to rinse it, but avoid spraying water directly into the coil and getting the internal AC components wet.
• Also, keep in mind that your coil is professionally cleaned by an HVAC technician once a year. This is especially important after the monsoon season.
Change the filter
• While most homeowners know that they must change the air conditioner filter monthly, this is often placed on the back burner. Monthly changes are crucial. Think about doing this every time you get your electric bill.
• A dirty filter can increase your electric bill by 5-10%.
• Especially during the monsoon season, dirty filters allow more pollutants to infiltrate your home.
Get help from the professionals
• If you have any doubts about your HVAC unit, it is a good idea to properly contact the professionals protect your system During the monsoon season.
• Trained technicians will be able to quickly find out the source of your problems and resolve them.
In Arizona, our HVAC units work harder than almost anywhere else in the United States. In fact, the average life expectancy of an A/C unit in a valley is about 8-10 years.
To get the most out of your HVAC unit:
• Close blinds and blinds to limit exposure to sunlight indoors.
• Thermostats can pick up heat from lights, televisions, and appliances, so turn them off when not in use.
• Consider planting shrubs or trees near an outdoor HVAC unit. Providing shade reduces electricity use. But be careful not to plant too closely or you will limit airflow to your unit.
• Set your thermostat and forget it. You won’t conserve energy by constantly changing the thermostat. Set it to the highest comfortable temperature, then leave it alone. Or try a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts to the times when you’re away or asleep.
The monsoon season is also a good time to schedule routine air conditioner maintenance to make sure your unit is ready for the upcoming winter months.
Mike Donley and his father Jim have provided honest, caring air conditioning, plumbing, heating, and sewer repair services to the Arizonans since 1976. The family-owned Donley Service Center has also been twice honored with the Better Business Bureau’s Ethics Award.