Easy Solutions for Common Air Conditioning Problems

Fri Jun 7, 2013 2:46pm EDT

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Easy Solutions for Common Air Conditioning Problems

American Home Shield Videos Offer Helpful Tips to Beat the Heat This Summer

American Home Shield, the nation’s leading provider of home protection plans, is urging homeowners to prevent potential air conditioning problems this summer by taking a few simple precautions, which can be found on the company’s “Home Matters” YouTube video series.

American Home Shield’s YouTube video series features David Leon, a licensed contractor and home improvement television host, and is geared toward helping homeowners with preventive maintenance tips and do-it-yourself fixes for common problems.

In the “Air Conditioning Troubleshooting Tips” video, Leon offers the following advice for getting the most out of an air conditioner in the summer months:

  • When your air conditioner just isn’t making the air cold enough:
    • Go outside and make sure that the condensing unit is clear of leaves, branches and any other obstructions that could be limiting or interfering with the airflow.
    • Clean or replace the air filter.
    • Check the suction line, which is the large line on the unit, and secure the insulation firmly or replace any worn insulation.
    • Consider creating shade for the condenser unit by installing trees or shrubs, but allow enough room around the unit for sufficient airflow.
  • If you notice water leaking into the ceilings or walls: Check the system’s drain line to make sure that it isn’t restricted so that condensation can drain freely.
  • If you hear your air conditioner constantly cycling on and off: The evaporator unit and fan may need cleaning by a qualified professional.

“In the past five years, our customers have placed more than 4 million air conditioning service requests, and these videos capture many of the questions and maintenance issues that our contractors and service team encounter on a regular basis,” said American Home Shield Vice President Dave Quandt.

In addition to the do-it-yourself tips, Quandt stresses the importance of having your air conditioner professionally serviced each year. “A professional preventative maintenance contract is one of the best investments you can make in keeping your systems running as efficiently and as long as possible,” he said.

About American Home Shield

American Home Shield founded the home warranty industry in 1971 and remains the industry leader, servicing more than 1.3 million customers across 49 states. In addition to its core focus on home protection plans, the company also issues and administers preventive maintenance contracts on major home systems and appliances in 48 states across the country. The Memphis-based company operates three customer service centers, employs approximately 1,600 people and has a national contractor network made up of more than 10,000 independent home-service contractors. American Home Shield is a subsidiary of The ServiceMaster Company, one of the world’s largest residential service networks. The company’s brands include Terminix, TruGreen, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec.

About ServiceMaster

With a global network of more than 7,300 company-owned, franchise and licensed locations, Memphis-based ServiceMaster is one of the world’s largest residential service networks. The company’s high-profile brands are Terminix, TruGreen, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. Through approximately 20,000 corporate associates and a franchise network that independently employs an estimated 31,000 additional people, the ServiceMaster family of brands provided services and products to approximately 8 million customers during the last 12 months. The company’s market-leading brands provide a range of residential and commercial services including termite and pest control; lawn, tree and shrub care; home warranties and preventative maintenance contracts; furniture repair; home inspections; home cleaning; janitorial services; and disaster restoration. Go to www.servicemaster.com for more information about ServiceMaster or follow the company at twitter.com/ServiceMaster or facebook.com/TheServiceMasterCo.

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