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How to Keep Your AC from Breaking During a Heat Wave

AC Tips for Extreme Heat

It's hot outside. Too hot. And it doesn't seem to be cooling down anytime soon. You've probably been turning on your air conditioner more often than usual, only to find that it's not quite keeping up with the demand.

This can be really frustrating - especially during a heat wave. But don't worry, we're here to help! In this blog, we will share some tips on how to keep your AC from breaking during a heat wave and ensure that you stay cool all summer long!

Set a Schedule

Creating a schedule for your air conditioner while the whole family is home can help keep the entire family cool. By setting a schedule, air conditioners will know when to turn on and off so that they're not working overtime.

This is especially important during heat waves because air conditioners can easily overwork themselves and break. So, if you want to avoid an AC breakdown, be sure to set a schedule!

Install a Programmable or Smart Thermostat

If you don't already have a programmable or smart thermostat, now is the time to invest in one! These devices can help save you money on your energy bill while also keeping your air conditioner from breaking.

Programmable thermostats allow you to set a schedule for your air conditioner, so it knows when to turn on and off.

Smart thermostats are even more advanced, as they can learn your family's schedule and adjust the air conditioning accordingly.

Either way, these devices can help you save money and keep your air conditioner from breaking during a heat wave.

Schedule AC Maintenance Yearly

One of the best ways to prevent an air conditioner breakdown is to have it serviced by a professional on a yearly basis. Regular maintenance can help ensure that your air conditioner is running efficiently and catch any potential problems before they become major issues.

Use Appliances More Efficiently

Large household appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers, dishwashers, deep freezers, and stoves can cause your home to feel warmer on a hot day. During a heatwave, we suggest limiting your use of appliances to keep down the heat. For example, if you'll be using a dishwasher to wash dishes, try turning off the "heat dry" setting during the wash cycle to avoid extra heat from escaping the washer and heating up your home.

Install Window Coverings

Another way to keep your home cool is by installing window coverings. This can help block out the sun's rays and prevent heat from entering your home.

There are a variety of window coverings to choose from, so you can find something that fits your style and needs. Some popular options include blinds, shades, and blackout curtains.

Keep the Outdoor Unit Clean

We know that most homeowners don't consider this, but the dust in Arizona can be pretty heavy. This dust can get into the condenser coils of your outdoor unit and cause it to lag, unevenly heat your home, or even to break during a heat wave.

To avoid this, we recommend cleaning your outdoor unit on a monthly basis. Simply turn off the power to the unit, remove any debris that has accumulated, and use a hose to lightly rinse away any dust or dirt.

Keep Your AC Working With Western States Home Services

By following these tips, you can keep your air conditioner from breaking during a heat wave and stay cool all summer long! If you have any questions or need assistance with your air conditioner, be sure to contact our team Western States Home Services at (480) 400-0810 today. We're always happy to help!

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