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What to Do When Your Air Conditioner Breaks Down

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We hope everyone enjoyed that frigid, seemingly endless winter, because according to the Farmer’s Almanac, this summer is going to be equally extreme. And while we absolutely recommend everyone schedule an air conditioner inspection, we also want to let people know what to do when the air conditioner breaks down!

Prevent Your Air Conditioner from Breaking Down

Not only is the hot weather uncomfortable and exhausting, it can be dangerous—especially for young children and the elderly. Unfortunately, the hottest days are also the days when most local HVAC companies are swamped with calls and it can be difficult to get someone out to see you quickly. There are two ways you can prevent this from happening:

Have your air conditioner inspected before it gets really hot – mid-June, July, and August are always hot and seem like they’re only getting hotter. Have your air conditioner inspected in April, May, or early June to help it run efficiently and make sure it will last through the dog days ahead.

Sign up for an AC maintenance contract – one of the many benefits owning an air conditioning maintenance contract is you’ll often get priority service during the busy season, which can mean several days cut off your waiting time. Air conditioner service contracts also usually include a scheduled AC inspection so you don’t need to worry about setting one up.

What to Do If Your Air Conditioner Breaks Down

While regular air conditioner inspections will help your system last longer and run more smoothly, they won’t make it invincible, if your system does break down, here is what you should do:

  • Find the model number and serial number for both the indoor and outdoor units of your air conditioner. You can usually find these on a sticker around the side of back of the unit.
  • Find an air conditioner repair company that works with your specific brand of air conditioner. At Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning, our licensed, trained technicians can service any make and model of air conditioner, so you know you can count on us no matter what.
  • Find local reviews of the HVAC companies you’re looking at. You can find these on Google, Yelp, Angie’s List, etc. You can also check and see if the company has any testimonials on their own website.
  • Get an accurate quote for your AC repair or replacement. At Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning, we guarantee a fair and reasonable quote based on your exact needs.
  • Check and see if your system has a warranty. Our sales team can help you find your warranty information which can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars on service.
  • Find out about any rebates, coupons, or tax credits available. Click here to view our HVAC coupons.

How to Stay Cool When the AC Goes Out

During particularly hot stretches, you may find yourself without AC for a few days even if you do have a service contract. Here are a few tips for ways you can keep cool while you’re waiting for an HVAC company.

Keep your windows closed during the day – this goes without saying, but during the day you want to keep as much heat out of your home as possible. Keep windows closed, along with blinds, shades, and drapes, where possible, during the day while sun is shining. Open them at night to let in a breeze.

Use fans wisely – ceiling fans can be a big help during the summer when the heat is out. While they don’t cool rooms, they do move air around and create a breeze that will help you feel cooler. Just remember—they won’t lower the temperature at all, so if you’re not using them, turn them off to save energy.

Limit your use of heat-producing appliances and devices – cook foods on the grill instead of the stove or oven. Limit clothes washing and drying to the evening when it’s already cooler. Turn off lights when you’re not using them. These are just a few examples of things you can do to prevent adding heat to your home during the day.

Add insulation – insulation, particularly in your attic but also in your walls, crawl spaces, etc., can help keep cool air in during the summer and prevent it from leaking out through cracks in the walls and ceilings.

Plant trees – planting shade trees is a fantastic long-term strategy that will keep you comfortable and help the environment! The best places to plant trees are on the east and west sides of your home. Choose deciduous trees, which will keep heat out of your home when their leaves are full in the summer but won’t block out sun when their leaves fall off in the winter.

Play outside – don’t forget: it’s summer! Go to the pool, go to the movies, do what you can to have fun out of the house. Your air conditioner will be fixed soon enough!

At Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re gearing up for a very hot summer ahead. Call us today for an air conditioner inspection and be sure to sign up for a maintenance contract so we can serve you even better!

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