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August and September Are Risky Times for Your Air Conditioner!

If you remembered to schedule a spring maintenance inspection and tune-up for your home’s air conditioner, then the system has probably worked well through these hot summer months. A professional AC tune-up makes sure that a cooling system begins the hottest time of the year with the best possible preparation.

But sometimes not even the finest tune-up can keep an air conditioner running all the way through an intense Las Vegas summer. August and September are a risky period for air conditioning systems, since all the strain and wear on from the previous months can add up to too much for them to bear.

What Might Go Wrong with Your AC during This Time

Mechanical and electrical failures are the most common types of AC problems at the end of summer. (Electrical problems in general are the number one cause of air conditioning repairs.) Capacitors can fail due to all the heat, and this means fan and compressor motors that won’t work. Motors can burn-out from overheating, and the compressor can become grounded due to loose wiring. Any of these problems can lead to an air conditioner that doesn’t work at all. Even in a best-case scenario, the AC will work at lower levels while costing more energy and money to run.

Ways to Help Your AC to Survive to Fall

  • Call for professional repairs the moment you think there’s a malfunction. The sooner you move on this, the less likely your air conditioner is to suffer a full breakdown.
  • Continue to clean or change the air filter. If you haven’t changed the air filter yet this summer, now is the time to do it.
  • Raise the thermostat as high as you find comfortable. For most people, 78°F is about right. This will remove a significant amount of stress from the system.
  • Keep the air conditioner off when you’re not home. The idea that leaving it on uses less power is a myth.

For fast, reliable service for your heating and cooling needs in Sunrise Manor, NV, call Lee AC & Heating Services.

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