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3 Steps to Avoid AC Repairs

airconditioning-300x220Nothing is worse than a sudden breakdown of your Air Conditioning system, especially right in the middle of a scorchingly hot Atlanta summer. Scheduling regular maintenance for your AC system with R.S. Andrews is the best way to prevent catastrophe. But even though repairs are sometimes inevitable, there are some simple maintenance measures that you can take yourself which can prevent many of the most common causes of AC breakdowns.


Because of moisture build up, your air conditioning unit can be the perfect breeding ground for mold. The presence of mold can compromise the air flow and may even release allergens into your home, making you and your family sick. Ultimately, the presence of significant amounts of mold can cause your system to back up completely, leaving you with no choice but an expensive repair.

What You Can Do

Stay on top of mold build up by replacing your air filter on a monthly basis. You could also consider asking R.S. Andrews to install an air filter gauge to keep you informed about your system’s status.

Motor Problems

The motor in your air conditioning works most efficiently when it’s not being constantly powered up and down. The more times in its working life that your AC has its motor manually switched on and off, the shorter its useful life will be before major motor repair becomes necessary

What You Can Do

With a programmable thermostat, which R.S. Andrews can install for you, the optimum temperature in your home can be maintained automatically. You can even program the thermostat to reduce the airflow in your while you’re out of the house, and then cool the house prior to your return. Reducing the number of times you manually power the AC’s motor on and off will go a long way towards extending the life of your system.

The AC is Working Hard, but Not Cooling

If your AC appears to be working very hard but is not adequately cooling your home, your system might be low on refrigerant. Without refrigerant, your AC can work and work without providing any cooling, and the harder your system works, the greater the likelihood of an early breakdown.

What You Can Do

Have an R.S. Andrews technician check the refrigerant level and charge to ensure that everything is as it should be for your particular system. Our technicians will be able to tell quickly refrigerant levels are good or if adjustments are needed, and if there are more serious issues like a refrigerant leak causing the problems you are seeing with AC performance.

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