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5 Ways Arizona Homeowners Cause Costly HVAC Breakdowns

During the summer in Phoenix, most homeowners will push their AC units to the max, trying to keep their home cool and comfortable. Summer is ACE’s most popular time for service calls on AC breakdowns. Unfortunately for homeowners, summer repairs are often costly and extremely inconvenient. Avoid the hassle by educating yourself and take preventative precautions to help keep your AC unit in top condition.

Costly Mistakes Homeowners Make to HVAC Systems

Here are some of the most common reasons that an HVAC bill will soar for a homeowner. Try to avoid these mistakes at all costs.

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Never Close AC Vent Grills & Registers

Some homeowners believe that closing vents in unused rooms can help them save money. Not only does this cause air pressure issues for your AC ducts, but it can lead to breakdowns and irregular airflow. ACE suggests that you leave vents open in every room, whether you use the room or not.


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Keep Pets Away From AC Units

Dogs are notorious for “marking their territory”, which includes your AC. The issue of dog urine ruining an AC unit is much more common than you think. Dog urine degrades the insides of the unit and “eats” away at the interior. ACE suggests that you place a fence around your unit, at least a foot away from each side. Placing a fence too close to the unit can affect its performance. If you do catch your dog “marking” your unit, simply rinse it off with water.


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Get Regularly Scheduled AC Maintenance

ACE suggests that you schedule annual AC maintenance services. This action is often recommended by the company that makes your unit. Not only does avoiding maintenance void your warranty, but it allows for costly problems to develop over time. Schedule spring tune-ups so you can avoid summer breakdowns, or fall maintenance so your unit is prepared for winter.


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Don’t Avoid Strange Noises Coming From Your AC

If your unit is making strange noises, then you have a problem. Even if your AC seems to be working fine, and your home is cool, it should not be making any unusual sounds. ACE suggests that you call one of our technicians immediately if you hear any strange noise, so we can help prevent your unit from crashing and breaking your bank with costly repairs.


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Avoid Leaving Dirty Air Filters in Too Long

At the very least, your air filter should be changed out annually. Be sure to keep an eye on your filter, which can become caked with dirt. Dirty filters block air flow, alter air pressure, and can cause serious damage to your unit while raising energy costs.


Having HVAC Issues in the Phoenix Area? Contact ACE Home Services

ACE Home Services has been serving Phoenix residents since 1944 and we have countless customer testimonials to back-up our work. Whether you are in need of repair, maintenance, or simply need a tune-up, we stand behind our work. Please click here to contact us or call (602) 943-2000 to immediately speak with a representative.