Installing an A/C is a great investment, but properly maintaining it and avoiding unnecessary air conditioning repairs is important to maximize the lifespan of your system and investment. To help you get the most out of your unit, our Vancouver team at Northwest HVAC Heating & Cooling has listed a few A/C tips you need to follow this summer.

Preventing Unnecessary Air Conditioning Repairs

Removing Winter Cover

As we creep past spring and move into summer in Vancouver, more and more homeowners will begin to power up their A/C units. Unfortunately, a mistake we see far too often is that many people forget to remove the winter cover from their unit prior to turning it on.

Turning on your central air conditioning unit and not removing the cover can cause your system to quickly overheat, and in some cases, it can even ruin your system.

Get Rid of Debris Around Your Unit

Often overlooked, getting rid of the garbage and unnecessary debris from around your air conditioning unit is extremely important. Such things as leaves, dirt, and other lawn and garden debris can cause your system’s compressor to lose power and force your A/C to work harder and potentially have issues.


An easy way to ensure your system is working efficiently is to check and inspect your air filter every month. A dirty and dusty filter means that your system has to work harder and may not be passing air as thoroughly as it could.

When you are shopping for filters always remember to check the dimensions of your old filter to ensure you buy the proper size. Also, there are different quality filters, and some can protect against certain allergens and particles better than others, so be aware of this as well.

Controlling Your Thermostat

Knowing how to properly use your thermostat is important to avoid unnecessary air conditioning repairs in your Vancouver home. And while programmable and “smart” thermostats can greatly lower your energy bills, you need to keep a few things in mind. The most important being, never set your thermostat super low at all times, as doing so can potentially shorten the lifespan of your unit. Try to program your thermostat at a higher level while you are at work or away on a trip as this will avoid overuse.

Get Regular Maintenance

Last, but most importantly, always schedule regular HVAC maintenance checks with our local Vancouver team.

To learn more about our air conditioning repair and maintenance services, and for information about our A/C units, please contact our Vancouver team today.

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