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Common Questions About Air Conditioners — Part II

Warm weather is just around the corner, which means that it’s time to think about turning your air conditioner on for the season! As a homeowner, it’s important to be informed about potential problems and solutions, especially when it comes to major appliances such as air conditioners.

In a previous post, we answered a few of the most common questions we’ve received from homeowners over the years. Be sure to read through that information if you haven’t yet seen it!

In this post, we’re going to continue the discussion and turn our attention toward four more of your questions. If you would like to learn more about anything discussed in this post or any of the air conditioning services we offer at Quality Air Experts, please reach out to us or book an appointment online!

Four More Common Air Conditioning Questions

How Can I Reduce My Household’s Energy Consumption?

This is an extremely broad topic, and we’ve written an entire piece on it that we’ve linked below. The main takeaway from that article is to get strategic about your energy usage. For example, use major appliances that warm your home in the early morning when you can open your windows, and close your blinds from noon to 4 p.m. to keep sunlight out. Structuring your day in a way that minimally affects your comfort while significantly reducing your energy consumption can pay dividends!

Additional information: Easy Ways To Save on Your Energy Bill This Spring

Can I Handle Air Conditioner Repairs On My Own?

We recommend that you always call a professional when you need air conditioning repairs. There are numerous DIY guides available online claiming to offer easy, fool-proof fixes for common air conditioning problems, but there’s no substitute for experience. This is particularly true when it comes to a system as complex (and expensive) as an air conditioner. If you accidentally make a mistake or injure yourself, you’ll likely find yourself paying much more than the cost of a simple repair appointment.

Why Is My Air Conditioner Turning on and Off?

This is known as short cycling, and it’s one of the most frustrating things you can experience in the middle of summer. Your air conditioner turns on for a brief period of time, stops, starts, and repeats the process. Your home doesn’t get any cooler, and you end up paying the price for the energy consumption at the end of the month. The causes of short cycling range from dirty air filters and low refrigerant charge to broken thermostats and improperly sized units, so it’s recommended that you contact an experienced HVAC technician for an inspection instead of trying to pinpoint the problem yourself.

I’m Selling My Home. Should I Upgrade My Air Conditioner?

In most cases, a new, high-efficiency air conditioner will add to your home’s overall resale value. After all, it’s an attractive feature that saves money and improves day-to-day comfort. Moreover, it provides peace of mind to buyers who may be wary about purchasing a home with old and outdated appliances that could break down within the first year or two.

Additional information: Will a New Air Conditioner Increase Your Property's Value?

We plan to continue posting additional Q&A resources, so check back often for updates!

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