Just like your body works harder when it’s hot out, so does your air conditioning system.
The average air conditioning system moves 9,000 pounds of air every hour. So you can imagine that when we hit our extreme temps of 110° plus it takes a toll on the system.
So what can you expect?
The design temp for air conditioning systems in The Valley is 75° inside and 110° outside. When the temps are over 110° the unit is technically too small to keep up. Two things can happen:
- The unit will not shut off. It may run for hours to keep the set point, but that’s OK.
- If your unit is old, marginally sized, or you have a high load in the home it may run continually and the inside temp will increase. Unfortunately there is not really anything you can do. Just wait it out. There may not be anything wrong other than it’s just too hot out.
So how can you help?
Don’t do things in the home that create heat like cooking or using the drier. No hot showers or using the dish washer. Keep the exhaust fans off, and keep the blinds closed as much as possible.
If you are going to be entertaining you really should turn the A/C down before everyone arrives, that way you get a head start on the extra heat load on the home.
Make sure your filters are clean and all the interior doors are open.
Remember, don’t panic, a couple of degrees above set point may not mean a problem. Any more than that be sure to give us a call.