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Getting the Most Out of Your A/C this Summer

South Florida residents: get ready for another long, hot South Florida summer! Make sure your air conditioning system is up and ready to go full blast this summer by following these great tips from thesnaponline.com!

According to the folks at Interstate, a New York City air conditioning and heating company, having routine maintenance on your air conditioner twice a year will save you a lot of money down the road.

Based on the company’s statistics, the average household spends more than $2,500 a year on energy bills; $1,100 of that goes to heating and $1,400 goes toward keeping the home cool.

Saving money

A good way to save about $180 a year on air conditioning is to get a programmable thermostat. And changing the coil in your air conditioner will save you good money, too.

“A dirty coil reduces the system’s ability to cool your home and causes the system to run longer, increasing your energy costs and shortening the life of your equipment,” said the company in a statement. “A dirty coil can raise your bill by 30 percent.”

According to Frank Alexander, of Alexander Heating and Air Conditioning in North Carolina, there are certain things you can do to determine if the coil in your air conditioner needs replacing.

The company’s website says if a technician tells you that your coil needs replacing, he or she should be able to tell you exactly where the leak is as well. If the technician can’t, you should be a little suspicious.

“Freon carries a lubricant and that residue is visible most times below the leak,” writes Alexander on the site. “It looks like dark wet spots, like burnt cooking oil. Most of the time this will be visible but it may be impossible to see it. Ask your technician how they determined the leak was in the coil. They should be able to tell you where the leak is.”

Additionally, you should make sure the technician is using a Freon detector and not just going by what he or she thinks, says Alexander.

“Have the technician show that they have used a Freon detector and that detector has indicated a leak or soap bubbles and ask to see the leak with the soap bubbles,” he says.

Another sign that your coil needs replacing says Alexander, is always having to add Freon to the air conditioner. When Freon leaks out of your air conditioning unit, it’s a definite sign that your coil may need to be changed, he says.

Lubricating your system

Not having enough lubrication in your air conditioning unit is another reason it may not be working the way it should be.

Some experts say you may be able to add oil yourself, but you might need a professional depending on how modern the AC’s motor is. Newer motors may have sealed ports so you aren’t able to add oil. You’ll need to check your owners guide to verify. If you do find ports, turn the AC’s power completely off and add five drops of electric motor oil.

Experts say not to use all-purpose oil, since it’s not designed to lubricate your AC’s bearings for a long period of time.

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