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How Can Soaring Temperatures Make Your Air Conditioner Fail?

Written on: August 9, 2021

Take Care of Your Air Conditioning So Your Home Stays Cool and Comfortable

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Air conditioners are designed to operate efficiently in high temperatures for many years (if they’re cared for properly).

The end of summer is a particularly challenging time because your central air conditioning will be operating hard as it tries to get through to the end of summer. As a result of its nonstop work, late summer is the prime time of year for A/C breakdowns – particularly if you have an aging system.

What Can Very Hot Weather Do to Central Air Conditioning?

In the summer, high temperatures can strain your cooling system in several ways. For example, overburdened power substations can cause your air conditioner to fail for hours at a time or even longer. High heat also shortens capacitors’ lifespan – these electronic components control motors that are key in the operation of your cooling system. Motors can also burn out from overuse if extreme heat sticks around.

A/C Maintenance Is Essential

The old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies to your air conditioning system as well. Regular professional maintenance keeps your central A/C running at its best possible efficiency, saving you on energy costs. The tune-up by our licensed, experienced service technicians also gives them the opportunity to detect and fix problems before they become worse and the stress of working in extreme heat causes a breakdown.

If you haven’t gotten your annual air conditioning tune-up, don’t delay! Schedule one now so you’ll have peace of mind about getting through the rest of the summer in cool comfort. You also get peace of mind with our Comfort Guarantee that backs up every service we perform on your A/C.

This is also a great time to enroll in our Comfort Plan for your air conditioning. It includes the annual maintenance tune-up as well as discounts on parts and service for repairs.

Give Your Air Conditioner Some Help

There are many ways you can make the workload easier on your central air conditioning. Here are some suggestions.

Close blinds and curtains on south- and west-facing windows during the day to stop the sunlight from heating up your home and forcing the A/C to run more frequently.

You could be losing 20% or more of your cooled air through leaks in the ductwork. That makes your air conditioning work harder. Look into getting your ductwork inspected and sealed.

Change your air conditioner’s filter regularly. Check it once a month (more frequently if you have pets) and change as needed.

Put your programmable or smart thermostat to work. Programming them correctly can cut your cooling costs by 10%. Here’s what the U.S. Department of Energy recommends.

  • When you are home and awake, set the thermostat on the air conditioning to 78°F.
  • Set the thermostat to 85°F during the hours you’re out of the house.

If you don’t have a programmable or smart thermostat, now is a great time to invest in one. You can find reasonably priced options at your local hardware or home improvement store, or online. The savings generated by using them correctly will pay for your investment pretty quickly.

Add insulation to your home to keep cooled air inside so the air conditioning doesn’t have to run as often. It will also help lower your heating costs in the winter. Not sure how much insulation you need? The Department of Energy has a guide for insulation needed.

Now is the time to schedule your air conditioning maintenance tune-up. Contact us today to get started. And don’t forget to ask about our Comfort Plans.