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Summertime AC Tips and Troubleshooting

an air conditioner unit from the outside of a building

Summer on Cape Cod is like nothing else, but as we enter the dog days, a properly functioning central AC unit is important as ever. When you walk into your home after a long day you want to be greeted by that blast of fresh air—not mugginess that alerts you to the fact your AC isn’t working.

To avoid wasting your money and energy, here are some tips for summertime AC use, and troubleshooting techniques in the event you don’t believe your unit is functioning properly.

1. Make sure all windows are completely closed
Ensuring all windows are properly closed is critical for preventing cool air from escaping. Even the slightest opening to cause air to escape and be devastating to the efficiency of your AC. For totally optimal cooling, shade the rooms in your home that you want cooled the most.

2. Be sure air is coming from your vents
If you’re sure all windows and openings are sealed, but don’t feel your home is being properly cooled, run your hands along each vent to make sure cool air is coming out. If the air is warm or there is not a lot of airflow, you may have a refrigerant leak in need of repair.


3. Clean or replace filters regularly
Proper maintenance is critical towards the performance of your HVAC, the most important of which can be regularly cleaning or replacing your filters. A dirty filter will require your AC to use more energy to cool your home, resulting in higher costs for you. Be sure to regularly check your filter for contaminants and change the filter 4-5 times per year.  Follow this link to fill out a contact form or call us at 508-428-6365. 24 hour answering service is available at that number in case of emergency.

4. Listen for New Noises
If there are any new noises coming from your AC unit such as rumbling or hissing, that likely indicates an issue that needs to be repaired such as a refrigerant leak.

5. Call a Professional
If you have done everything above and don’t feel like your air conditioner is functioning optimally, it is a good idea to call in a professional for maintenance. Riedell is available to immediately diagnose and resolve your issue, or for simple end of the year maintenance.  call a professional AC servicing company like Riedell immediately to diagnose and resolve the issue, and prevent further damage to your equipment. 

Follow this link to fill out a contact form or call us at 508-428-6365. 24 hour answering service is available at that number in case of emergency.