3 Things Homeowners Don’t Do That Leads to AC Repair08/05/2015 Homeownership is a lot of work. Sometimes too much. Projects seem to accumulate and sometimes easy tasks, like changing your air filter, slip through the cracks. That shouldn’t be a big deal, right? Wrong. Something that small could start you on the path to needing an AC repair. There are a few things you should always remember to do when it comes to your air conditioner that could save you from potentially expensive repairs: Notice unusual sounds from your air conditioner You become accustomed to all the sounds that regularly occur in your house, but always be sure to take note if your air conditioner begins making unusual sounds. It may be a bizarre hum or rattling, or another sound, but if it’s not a sound you’re accustomed to hearing, have it checked out. If you neglect it, you’ll have a higher chance of an emergency AC repair. The professionals at Patterson & Stirling Inc can help you nip a problem in the bud before it turns into a bigger problem. Keep your air filter clean It’s so easy to forget to clean or change your air filter, but it’s detrimental for your air conditioner. A dirty air filter blocks air flow and that leads to your air conditioner running harder than it should. That makes it less effective and could lead to an increase in your utility bills. Make note of how quickly your filter becomes grimy and set a reminder to swap it regularly. Schedule regular maintenance To ensure it is operating at its best, your air conditioner depends upon regular maintenance just like your car does. If you postpone this preventive maintenance, it could cost you a lot of problems that could’ve easily been identified during a maintenance appointment turn into larger issues that lead to an AC repair. No matter if your air conditioner is new or if you’ve had it for years, you can do these things to avoid AC repairs. If you want to learn more ways to help prevent AC repairs, call Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie at 814-833-5558. If you’ve noticed an issue, we’ll be out when you call or when you schedule an appointment using our online scheduler.