The worst heat of the summer is upon us, which means your air conditioner is more important now than any other part of the year. If you’ve procrastinated in getting your unit prepared for summer and now find yourself with a smelly unit or a lukewarm AC, we have five tricks to help you get your air conditioner back on track and ready to take on the blazing Texas heat.

#1: Ensure Your Thermostat is Calibrated

When summer begins, it is easy to forget to switch your thermostat from “heat” to “cool.” Make sure you’ve set your thermostat correctly for the weather. Furthermore, when attempting to reduce the temperature, the best way to do so without hurting your unit is by decreasing the temperature by 2 to 4 degrees at a time. Additionally, if you have a programmable thermostat, you can save money by setting your home to be cooler when you’re there and warmer when you’re away.

#2: Be Sure the Circuit Breaker Isn’t Tripped

If you’re having trouble getting your AC to work, you may have accidentally tripped the circuit breaker. However, if this is the case, it’s an easy fix. To reset your unit and stop the circuit from tripping, follow these instructions. Turn your air conditioner off via your thermostat. Go to your circuit box and turn the AC fuse to the ON position. Wait at least 30 minutes to allow your electrical system to reset. After 30 minutes, turn your AC back on to “cool.” If the circuit was the problem, this will have solved it. If your AC still continues to malfunction, contact one of our HVAC dealers for more help.

#3: Get Rid of The Musty, Mildewy Smell

If you catch a musty or mildewy odor wafting from your air ducts, you probably have bacteria and mold buildup in your unit. These pesky allergens collect on your evaporator coil or another area of your HVAC unit and can cause bad odors and allergy flare ups. This typically occurs when you first turn your AC on for the first time. If the smell does not go away, contact one of our HVAC dealers for help cleaning your unit.

#4: Create Climate Zones

If you notice that your home is cool and comfortable downstairs but uncomfortably warm upstairs, this may be a sign that your unit cannot keep up with the rising temperatures. The best solution is to create climate zones. If you’re looking for the DIY way to improve the consistency of your cooling, try shutting a couple of downstairs vents in rooms you use less often. This will direct the air to the open vents upstairs. If your unit is still struggling to cool the upper levels of your home, contact one of our HVAC professionals today. They can install a climate zone system like the ComfortLink Zoning System by Trane, to get your home feeling cool and comfortable on every floor.

#5: Reduce Your Utility Bills

If you find yourself wondering how your utility bill is so high during the summer, don’t panic. There are two reasons for this. Either your unit is not energy efficient or the temperature you’ve set is drastically lower than the temperature outside. Setting your unit too cool causes your unit to work much harder to maintain temperature, resulting in skyrocketed utility bills. Setting a more moderate temperature will keep your costs low. Furthermore, if your unit is more than 10 years old and/or has a SEER rating of less than 10, it is not energy efficient. A unit that is not energy efficient can cause higher-than-normal utility bills, because the system is working harder than it should.

Newer air conditioning units are equipped with energy saving features that can reduce your monthly utility costs. If you think it’s time to upgrade to a new unit, contact one of our HVAC specialists today. They can get you set up with a reputable Trane system that will save you energy and money.

Contact Us

If you’re miserable in the summer heat and need help maintaining or installing your unit, contact one of our HVAC specialists today. At Long Air, we have experience in installing cost-effective high-efficiency heating and cooling units. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call (936) 756-5645 or visit longac.com.