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What You Can Do to Prevent AC Problems

Living in the desert means relying heavily on your air conditioner to combat the intense heat and dry conditions. Proactive AC maintenance and care are essential to ensure your AC system performs efficiently and reliably throughout the hot season. 

While no amount of preventive measures can make your air conditioner 100% reliable, taking the right steps can significantly minimize issues and extend the lifespan of your unit. Here are some tips to help you keep your air conditioner running smoothly and reduce the need for repairs.

The Importance of Preventive AC Maintenance

Maintaining your air conditioner is crucial to prevent unexpected breakdowns and costly repairs. Regular maintenance helps identify potential issues before they become major problems, ensuring your system operates efficiently. 

Preventive AC maintenance also extends the lifespan of your air conditioning system. Well-maintained units experience less wear and tear, reducing the likelihood of premature failures and the need for early replacement. 

Moreover, routine maintenance can enhance your system’s energy efficiency, lowering utility bills and a smaller environmental footprint. By investing in preventive care, you’re not only ensuring optimal performance but also maximizing your AC system’s longevity and cost-effectiveness. 

With Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing, you can keep your AC in top condition and enjoy uninterrupted comfort by scheduling routine check-ups.

Keep the Outdoor Unit Clean

Maintaining the cleanliness of your outdoor AC unit is essential for its performance. The condenser coils in the outdoor unit disperse heat into the surrounding air, and any buildup of dirt or debris can impede this process.

  • Clear the Surrounding Area: Ensure there is no debris around the unit, such as leaves or yard waste. It allows proper airflow and prevents the system from working harder than necessary.
  • Wash the Cabinet: If you notice a dirt buildup on the unit, gently hose it down to remove the grime. This simple step can significantly improve the efficiency of your air conditioner.

A clean outdoor unit helps your AC run more efficiently, reducing the strain on the system and extending its lifespan.

Change the Air Filter Regularly

Changing the air filter in your AC unit is one of the simplest yet most effective maintenance tasks you can perform. A clogged filter impedes airflow, forcing the system to work more strenuously to cool your home.

  • Impact on Efficiency: A clogged filter reduces the efficiency of your air conditioner by increasing airflow resistance. It makes it harder to cool your home and leads to increased energy bills.
  • Preventing Damage: Regularly replacing the air filter helps prevent issues like icing on the evaporator coil, short cycling, and unnecessary wear and tear.

Maintaining a clean air filter ensures that your AC unit can operate at peak performance, providing better cooling and energy efficiency.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

Routine AC maintenance is key to keeping your air conditioner in optimal condition. Professional Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing technicians can perform comprehensive tune-ups to ensure all components function correctly.

  • Professional Inspections: During a maintenance visit, technicians will check refrigerant levels, calibrate the thermostat, inspect electrical components, and clean critical parts of the system.
  • Preventing Breakdowns: Regular maintenance allows for the early detection and resolution of minor issues, preventing them from developing into serious problems and minimizing the chances of unforeseen breakdowns.

By scheduling routine maintenance with Goettl, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your AC system is well-maintained and ready to handle the summer heat.

Upgrade Your AC System

Consider an upgrade if your air conditioner is old or requires frequent repairs. Modern AC systems are more energy-efficient and reliable, offering better performance and lower operating costs.

  • Energy Efficiency: Newer models are designed to meet higher efficiency standards, providing better cooling with less energy consumption. It translates to lower utility bills and reduced environmental impact.
  • Advanced Features: Upgrading to a modern AC system can also give you access to advanced features like programmable thermostats, variable-speed compressors, and enhanced humidity control.

Investing in a new air conditioning system can significantly improve your home’s comfort and save you money in the long run.

Additional Tips for Improving AC Efficiency

In addition to regular maintenance and timely upgrades, you can take several other steps to enhance the efficiency of your air conditioning system.

Insulate Your Home

Optimal insulation allow for maintaining the desired temperature in your home, which lowers the pressure on your air conditioner. Ensure your home is well-insulated, including the walls, attic, and windows, to prevent cool air from escaping and hot air from entering.

Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can help distribute cool air evenly throughout your home, allowing you to set the thermostat a few degrees higher without sacrificing comfort. It can lead to significant energy savings over time.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat enables you to schedule different temperatures for various times of the day, optimizing energy use. For example, you can program the thermostat to raise the temperature at work and lower it before you return home.

Seal Air Leaks

Check for any air leaks around doors, windows, and ductwork and the seal them. Cool air can escape due to leakage with warm air entering the unit, forcing your air conditioner to work harder to maintain the desired temperature.

Dealing with Common AC Problems

Despite your best efforts, AC problems can still occur. Awareness of common issues and their solutions can help you address them promptly and prevent further damage.

Uneven Cooling

Uneven cooling in your home can be a sign of several issues, such as blocked vents, damaged ductwork, or an improperly sized AC unit.

Identifying the Problem

Walking through your home and encountering hot spots can be frustrating. This uneven cooling typically indicates a problem with your air conditioning system. If your unit is appropriately sized, installed, and serviced correctly, it should cool your home evenly.


Professional air conditioning repairs from Goettl can identify and resolve these issues, ensuring your home stays comfortably cool throughout the summer. Technicians can inspect and clean the ductwork, check for blockages, and ensure the system operates efficiently.

Short Cycling

Short cycling occurs when your air conditioner frequently turns on and off. It reduces efficiency and increases wear and tear on the system.

What Is Short Cycling?

Various factors, such as an oversized AC unit, a malfunctioning thermostat, or electrical issues, can cause short cycling. It leads to increased energy consumption and can shorten the lifespan of your system.

Addressing Short Cycling

If your AC has always had this issue, it might need to be replaced with a properly sized unit. For new short-cycling problems, Goettl technicians can diagnose and fix the underlying electrical or mechanical issues. In some cases, cleaning or replacing the air filter can resolve the problem, as restricted airflow can cause the system to overheat and shut down prematurely.

Loud Operation

While some noise is normal during AC operation, loud or unusual sounds can indicate a problem with your system.

Identifying Noisy Components

Loose or damaged components, such as fan belts, motors, or compressors, are common causes of loud operation. These issues can cause rattling, screeching, or grinding noises.

Solutions for Loud Operation

Goettl technicians can inspect your system to identify the noise source and perform the necessary repairs. Regular AC maintenance can also help prevent these issues by ensuring all components are securely fastened and in good condition.

Schedule Professional AC Repair and Maintenance Services Today!

Maintaining your air conditioner ensures reliable and efficient performance throughout the hot summers. By keeping the outdoor unit clean, regularly changing the air filter, scheduling routine maintenance, and considering upgrades when necessary, you can prevent many common AC problems and enjoy a comfortable home environment. 

Additionally, improving overall efficiency, such as insulating your home and using ceiling fans, can enhance your cooling system’s performance. If you encounter any issues with your air conditioner, don’t hesitate to contact Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing for professional repair and maintenance services.


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Stephanie VegaStephanie Vega
17:23 15 Jun 24
Andrew was great and knowledgeable!!
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17:19 15 Jun 24
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17:03 07 Jun 24
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02:41 07 Jun 24
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00:39 07 Jun 24
Matthew did an amazing job ! He was very fast and super helpful. I highly recommend getting services through Goettl !
Rebecca GarzaRebecca Garza
16:43 05 Jun 24
Matthew Lopez’s service was top notch!! Quick and very attentive. He was thorough and explained everything that was taking place. I will always refer to Goettle for my AC needs and ask for Matthew!
Enrique SaucedaEnrique Sauceda
16:39 05 Jun 24
Matthew Lopez was our tech and he had the absolute best manners and great work ethic. Clear as could be with issues and repairs, couldn’t ask for a better tech!!!
Melissa AhumadaMelissa Ahumada
01:12 05 Jun 24
Husan “Sam” was knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely helpful when providing our AC maintenance care. He was very thorough in his inspection of our equipment and responded to my questions in a candid and professional manner.
Payton Bolden (Beau)Payton Bolden (Beau)
00:42 05 Jun 24
Goettl has been my choice of A/C and plumbing even before becoming Goettl. Have always gotten excellent service at reasonable prices. They will continue to be my “go to” guys.
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00:37 05 Jun 24
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17:44 28 May 24
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15:56 28 May 24
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15:46 28 May 24
Absolutely fantastic! Our AC unit went out unexpectedly. We called Goettl and they were here so quickly. The technician immediately knew what was wrong, didn’t try to upsell sell on anything and fixed the problem within a few minutes. Will absolutely call them again. I was super impressed by the responsiveness and professionalism of Josue.
William ColemanWilliam Coleman
15:29 28 May 24
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Tyler BoydTyler Boyd
15:19 28 May 24
Came home from work to an 85 degree house and a broken AC. Called at 0800 and they sent Matt Lopez out by 0915. He quickly diagnosed the issue and gave me the news that no one wants to hear, it needed replaced. He was extremely professional and kind with this news and assured me that we could figure this out. He called Tony Vizzone who helped get together estimates and drop the price to something that I was able to afford. Matt and Tony made this awful experience bearable and I can’t thank them enough for all that they have done for myself and the community. I’m a customer for life now!
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