When the temperatures rise, your air conditioner plays a big role in keeping you comfortable. Yet, AC units do need some maintenance to keep them running at peak efficiency. As you prepare your property for the warmer months, use these strategies to make sure that your AC is ready to keep everybody cool.
Change the Filter
A clogged air filter will not only make your AC less efficient, but it also allows dust to circulate through your home and irritate allergies. If a filter gets too clogged, it can even cause your AC unit to freeze up. This is one repair that you can do yourself, although you may need your repair technician to show you where they are located. Ideally, you should change your air filters at the seasonal startup and then every one to three months depending upon your unit’s manufacturer’s recommendation.
Clean the Outside Unit
Ideally, your unit should be covered if it is not in use during the winter. However, it is common for dirt, leaves and other types of debris to build up inside and around your condenser. Begin by shutting off the power to your outdoor unit, and remove the top to get to the coils. Then, remove any debris that you see located in the bottom of the unit, and use a vacuum or brush to clean the coils. It may also be necessary to trim grass and bushes that are growing into the vents of your unit to keep it free of debris for the duration of the summer.
Schedule an Inspection
While the changing your filters and cleaning the outdoor unit go a long way toward keeping your AC working, there are still other potential issues that should be checked before you start it up for the summer. For example, frayed or disconnected coolant lines must be repaired for your AC to be operational, and you will want to make sure that the drip pan is flowing freely to avoid potential water damage to your property.
Getting your AC ready for the summer ensures that it doesn’t break down on the hottest day. By taking a few preventative strategies, you can also prevent costlier repairs down the road.
Contact the team at Access Heating and Air today for all your furnace repair and AC maintenance needs.