TWIN FALLS – As the heat continues and people use their air conditioners to keep cool, it is crucial to remember to check, maintain and try to make necessary repairs as soon as possible to ensure that ‘it remains in working order.
Especially since, if an AC unit stops working, it can be more difficult to avail of repair service during this time.
“Over the years we’ve been trained to think that you can just get this item or get this part or get this part, and today you don’t,” said Steve Deuel, Managing Director of Terry’s. Heating and Air Conditioning. “The heart and soul of an air conditioner is the compressor, and if a compressor breaks down today, you could wait weeks or months just to get this item.”
While there is an array of issues that an air conditioner can have that does not work properly, often one of them is the collection of debris inside the unit.
“On the exterior section of your air conditioner, make sure it’s free of debris, shrubs, trees, things like that,” Deuel said. “These things work long and hard, and they have to be clean and ready to go.”
To try and make sure your air conditioner keeps running, you can limit usage by keeping the lights off and closing windows and blinds. If your air conditioner runs regularly, it is important to maintain a constant temperature and check your filter.
“First and foremost, make sure the filter is clean. Get the right size, the right thickness, don’t double the filters, “Deuel said.” It’s something you can do comparatively, an ounce of prevention. “
People are encouraged to check their filters often, especially since different homes have different factors that could lead to a potential problem.
“The one-inch filters can be changed as often as once a month,” said Deuel. “If you have a large undercover house or a lot of pets, you have to stick with it. Don’t just take our word for it and say it has to be that. Four inch filters can filter longer. . You could get several months out of it. But again, you have to look at this for your own home. “