YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The heat and humidity are returning Wednesday in full force, and many beat the heat by staying inside in air conditioning. But when temperatures soar into the 90s, the load can be hard on the system.
Linda McKernan with William Price Heating and Cooling in Girard said they have been bombarded with calls about malfunctioning units. She said the biggest issue is ignoring routine maintenance. A quick check before the season starts could save on costly maintenance calls.
“Just like you have your regular checkups for the dentist, you schedule an appointment for your air conditioning, and six months later schedule an appointment for your furnace,”
Another big mistake is turning your AC off and then back on. McKernan said that many people think they are saving money by turning the AC off, but the unit has to work overtime to cool down a hot room. Also, extreme temperature fluctuations can put heavy demand on units.
“An air conditioning system is built and manufactured to be within 15 to 18 degrees of the outdoor temperature. So, if it is 95 degrees outside, you are maintaining 78 degrees inside the house. If you turn it down to 68, it’s not going to make it,” McKernan said.
Dirty filters can also bog down an air conditioning system. They should be changed on a regular basis.
Editor’s note: This story is corrected to show that the company is William Price Heating and Cooling, and an air conditioning system is built and manufactured to be within 15 to 18 degrees.