With summertime just around the corner, it may be time to check up on your air conditioner before it becomes time to turn it on and enjoy the cool air. There’s nothing worse than having a broken or poorly performing air conditioner on a blazing hot day in the summer. When an AC unit sits unused for a long period of time, some maintenance is usually needed to make sure it’s ready to handle the summertime heat. Because many people wait until it’s already hot outside to check their air conditioners, it can be tough to get a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician to do any repairs or maintenance in a timely manner. Prepping your AC unit before summer will prevent your home from becoming too hot and unsafe for children and pets.
Check the Filter
The first thing to do to get your air conditioner into shape is a little cleaning that can be done easily on your own in most cases. The filter in the air handler should be changed twice a year, so this is a great time to check whether it needs replacing or cleaning. A dusty filter inhibits an AC’s efficiency and circulates dust into the home.
Clean the Condenser Unit
The condenser unit outside will also need some cleaning, especially if it is located under trees or around other plants. It’s best to cover the condenser during the winter months to prevent debris and leaves from building up in the unit where the fan can be found. If you don’t cover the unit, there will surely be a cleaning project waiting for you in the spring. If any plants or weeds have grown up around the unit, cut them back. There should be some “breathing room” all the way around the unit. Most units have panels that can be unscrewed and removed to allow for cleaning out leaves. If you are unsure of how to open and clean your unit, or don’t feel comfortable doing so, have an HVAC technician come out to take a look at it for you.
Replacing an air conditioner can be pretty pricey, so regular maintenance can save you a lot of money in the long run. Scheduling a checkup for your AC before summer is a great way to make sure you’re ready for the heat and to keep your unit functioning more efficiently for longer. An HVAC technician can check the air handler, coolant lines, condensation lines and the condenser unit to make sure you’re prepped for summer. If there is something wrong with your air conditioner, you’ll be glad to have taken this proactive step. Not only will this help you stay cool and comfortable during the summer months, but you’ll also save on energy bills if you maintain and prepare your air conditioner for the summer before summer hits.