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Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.


Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Five Tips For Diminishing Load On An Overworked AC Unit

by Nicholas Jenkins

If your AC unit has been having problems with freezing up, your coolant may be low or it may just be overworked. Follow your repairman's recommendations for how long to allow the unit to run, and use these five tips to decrease its workload so that you can keep your home at a comfortable temperature without overworking the system again.

1. Maintenance

Keep a schedule to make sure you have a professional maintenance check once or twice yearly, or your unit may eventually run low on coolant again or develop some other problem that you won't notice until it's too late to prevent expensive repairs. But in addition to professional maintenance, you should do your part to maintain the unit by correctly winterizing it and changing the filter periodically. Even though the filter may seem trivial, it can significantly impair unit efficiency by restricting airflow when it becomes clogged.

2. Use fans

One of the most important types of fan to use is a correctly sized attic fan with adequate attic ventilation. This can help eliminate hot air before it transfers heat to the rest of your house and places more strain on your AC system. In addition, you can use fans throughout the rest of the house to make it more comfortable if you find that your system can't keep the temperature down as low as you'd like.

3. Lighten your roof

Because dark colors absorb more light, painting your roof a light color (or installing a naturally light-colored roof such as tile) can keep the roof temperature down. Painting asphalt roofing isn't recommended, but you can paint most other types of roofing. If you have an asphalt roof you may want to wait until your next roof replacement and then install a more reflective and paintable material.

4. Increase shade 

If you don't want to replace your roof yet and don't have a paintable roof surface, you can shade it instead to minimize heat transference through your roof. You can put up shade cloth or shade sails or, if you're not impatient, you can plant some trees and bushes to shade the sides and roof of your house.   

5. Avoid adding heat

Some appliances also add a lot of heat to the air, so doing some activities such as baking only during a cool time of day may be necessary if your AC system is under a lot of strain. Refrigerators and clothes dryers put out heat during normal operation, so situating them in the garage (if you have one available) can also help an overworked unit.

These five tips are just a few ways you can naturally decrease the work your AC unit has to do. If using these techniques doesn't allow your unit to cool your house effectively and you're still uncomfortable, you should consider installing a larger unit that can handle the workload better. Contact a business, such as Davis Repair Service, for more information.