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A broken air conditioning unit can be very frustrating, especially if it happens in the middle of summer. Fortunately, there are preventative measures you can take to avoid an unexpected busted AC unit.

Get Yearly Tune-Ups

Skipping out on your yearly AC check-up can lead to an unexpected breakdown. Trained HVAC technicians will be able to spot problems that you have no idea exist and correct them before they become serious. They will also be able to clean your system thoroughly which can prevent problems as well.

Keep the Area Around Your Unit Clear

Plants, flowers and weeds located near your AC unit can block the vents and prohibit air flow. They also can cause fan blades or motors to work slower or inefficiently. It’s important to keep the area around your unit clear and free from debris that could cause damage to your system.

Change Your Filters Regularly

Air filters prevent dirt, dust and debris from entering your unit and the air in your home. Not changing the filters regularly causes them to build up and become dirty. Not only can it damage your system, but it can also be potentially unhealthy to breathe in dirty air, especially if you have respiratory issues like asthma. It’s also important to make sure you’re using the proper filters for your system. Ask your air conditioning technician which filters you should be using and how often they should be changed.

Don’t Ignore Problems

If you begin to notice an issue with your AC unit such as an odd noise or a leak, call a repair company right away. Putting off repairs can turn a small, inexpensive problem into a costly major repair. Call a repair company at the first sign of an issue.

Using these easy tips can end up saving you lots of money in the long run, as well as keep your air conditioning unit from breaking down at the most inconvenient time.