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How Keeping the Thermostat Higher Can Reduce AC Repairs

Your air conditioner is powerful, but it has its weak points. One of those is freezing up, which causes mechanical damage and can result in frequent condenser replacements (and that isn’t exactly cheap). Instead of encountering those problems, you can do one little trick: increase your thermostat temperature.

It not only avoids air conditioner repair in Bossier City (at least as often as possible; you can’t avoid all of them), but it can save you money on a daily basis. Let’s talk about exactly how upping the temperature helps.

Your AC Doesn’t Have to Run as Often

Simply put, your air conditioner doesn’t have to fight against rising temperatures as much, because the target mark is closer to the outdoor air temperature. Cycles will be shorter, meaning you spend less in energy costs to run it in the first place. And there are some unexpected benefits to this as well.

Less Wear and Tear on Your AC

Your air conditioner, like any appliance in your home, has a limited amount of time it’s going to run. You don’t know what it is, and it changes based on maintenance and isolated incidents, but it’s there. Ideally, you’ll want to run out that clock as slowly as possible so you can avoid full replacement for quite some time.

When your AC cycles less often, or at least runs for less time per cycle, it results in less wear and tear damage that occurs over time. You run out the clock slower. The result is less frequent repairs or fewer repairs in general, and while it’s not a guarantee, this behavior should extend the lifespan of your air conditioner. At the very least, it gives it a fighting chance to last for a long time.

Less Likely Chance to Freeze

Your air conditioner can freeze up on hot days. It sounds silly, but it’s true: when your air conditioner runs for an extended period of time as it combats the hot weather, it has a higher chance of freezing up.

Running for extended periods of time is still something your air conditioner should be able to do, but there are nuances to take into account. You’ll find that having a low charge or poor airflow will increase the chance of your AC freezing up. It’s a combination of issues, which is why it’s important to get annual maintenance just before summer kicks into high gear.

What Happens When Your AC Freezes

Your AC freezing may not sound like such a big deal, but it can cause massive mechanical strain. Your air conditioner receives an “ON” signal from the thermostat and tries to do its job no matter what: it can’t detect that there’s ice jamming up the system. It will attempt to run and strain multiple components in the process, rapidly running out their clocks.

Stay on Top of Your Air Conditioning

With proper maintenance and not setting your temperatures too low, you can keep your air conditioner in perfect working condition. Sign up for annual maintenance today and we’ll stay on top of your AC so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Contact us today to schedule your air conditioner repair as soon as possible.

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