Sizzling Phoenix summers are like grueling marathons for your air conditioner: They’re always running.
Of course, this increases your utility bills (that’s a colossal understatement). But it also increases the chances that your AC will break down.
Here are 3 reasons why it’s more likely to happen to yours and what you can do about them.
1. It’s not prepared for the race
Marathon runners understand the rigorous demands of marathon running. So they train hard far before they get to the starting line.
So you should do the same to prepare your air conditioner before summer gets into full swing here in Phoenix.
Solution: In our article on how to prepare your air conditioner for the summer heat, we suggest you should:
- Change your air filter (and keep doing so once a month)
- Clean the air conditioner’s outside unit
- Check the drain line (unless you like floods in your home)
- Get professional air conditioner maintenance (which can handle the previous 3 tasks)
Once you prep your air conditioner, it’s much more likely to get through the summer without any issues!
2. It overheats
When marathon runners overheat, there’s a huge strain on their heart, putting them in danger. So they need to know the signs of overheating to avoid harming themselves.
Air conditioners can also overheat. When they do, they usually trip the circuit breaker. But many homeowners will just flip the circuit switch back on without another thought.
The circuit breaker’s job is to protect your home and appliances by shutting off the flow of electricity when the current flow gets too high. If it keeps tripping, something needs to be fixed. Otherwise you could cause your air conditioner to break down from constantly overheating.
Solution: Read our article on the what causes your air conditioner to trip the circuit breaker to prevent it from overheating.
3. It’s close to retirement
Age takes its toll for even the fittest marathon runners. So at some point they have to retire.
The same goes for your air conditioner. Maybe in it’s prime your air conditioner could make it through the summer without a hitch. But when it gets to 10-15 years old, the chances of it breaking down are much higher.
And what if it breaks down and it’s too expensive to repair? Now you need a new air conditioner and you’re in a rush to:
- Find the right air conditioner
- Find a licensed contractor to install it
- Get financing to pay for the new central air conditioner
- Have the air conditioner installed
You don’t want to figure all that out while you don’t have central cooling in the middle of a super hot Phoenix summer, right?
Solution: Prepare for the worst. Be pro-active!
First, learn the 3 signs you need to replace your air conditioner soon. If it needs replacing soon, call us ahead of time and schedule a free estimate so you’ll be prepared for the price and have us on call, ready to install. You may even want to install the new unit before it breaks. If that’s the case, we can do it whenever you decide works best.
If you just aren’t that pro-active, and you’re looking for someone to provide prompt 24/7 emergency service for an a/c repair or new unit, George Brazil has you covered.
Put our number (602-842-0009) on speed dial in case your air conditioner breaks down at the worst possible time this summer. We’ll be happy to help!
George Brazil has been keeping Phoenix-area homes safe, comfortable and energy efficient since 1955. Contact us online for more information about any of our services.