The temperature has reached 85°+ for the umpteenth day in a row; then you hear it… or, more accurately, you realize you do not hear it. The air conditioner has stopped working. Now what?
Don’t panic! Keefe’s has the largest fleet in Southeast Louisiana to provide you with air conditioning services. We’ve always got you covered in case of an AC failure. However, as the temperatures continue soaring through the summer months, we realize that being without an air conditioner, even in the short amount of time that it would take us to reach your home, is extremely inconvenient and, in some cases, dangerous.
That’s why our AC specialists have developed this handy guide to help you avoid AC emergencies before they emerge.
#1. Reduce the Workload on Your AC Unit
Reducing the workload on your AC unit is the best way to prevent unexpected breakdowns. Our April blog post details the benefits of regular maintenance to prevent costly emergency repairs.
Install proper insulation in your home to prevent the cool air from leaking out your doors, windows, and attic in the summer. Take time each morning to close curtains or blinds to block out the sun and prevent your home from unnecessarily heating up.
Smart thermostats ensure the AC unit only works when it is needed. You don’t need to cool your home if you are on the golf course all day. Also, try turning up the temperature by a couple of degrees while running overhead fans. We promise your comfort will not suffer, and your AC unit will thank you for the decreased workload.
#2. Anticipate and Prevent Damage
Put a recurring appointment in your calendar to inspect the space around your AC unit. Look for debris that may be sucked into vents. Check for hazards that may fall or blow against your unit, causing blunt force damage.
Don’t forget to check inside your AC unit. Clogged air filters require increased effort to move air through them. Swapping them out for clean or new filters will help keep your AC unit breathing efficiently.
Pro tip: Get in the habit of changing your filter every time you write your electric bill. That way you won’t forget!
#3. Don’t Let It Become an Emergency
Ignoring problems doesn’t make them go away. Pay attention to changes in noises or output levels. Take time to check your power bill for unexpected fluctuations. These could be indications of a bigger problem, such as the need for an electrical panel upgrade, that should be addressed sooner rather than later.
In Case of an AC Emergency, Call Keefe’s!
Keefe’s has the expertise to provide you with many services, including emergency AC repair services, regular maintenance, and an electrical panel upgrade in New Orleans, LA, and surrounding areas. Give us a call or schedule a service!