With the cold season over and spring coming to an end, now’s the perfect time to get a head start on preparing your home for the oncoming warm weather. Last summer’s record-breaking temperatures sent for air conditioning repair through the roof, so it’s a smart move to take care of any maintenance your system might need before the mercury rises.
If you haven’t used your home’s air conditioning since last summer, there are few items that you should add to your spring cleaning to-do list.
Turn on your unit.
Check that cool air is coming from your system’s vents. It’s a good idea to do this before you actually need to use your air-condition.
Preparing Your Air Conditioner for the Summer
When summer approaches, all heat-related risks become much higher. That heat-induced laziness becomes so much worse, insects swarm around the house, and the humidity can wear down your furniture. Over the winter, your air conditioning unit has probably spent time collecting dust and dirt while it’s been heating your home, so it’s more than time for a tune-up so that your air conditioner works properly after the switch from heating to cooling. A good recommendation is also to install a programmable thermostat if your air conditioning system didn’t already come with one, so you have control over the changing temperatures.
The Basic Fixes
There are little things that you can do yourself without professional air conditioning repair. The easiest is to change your air filter. While filters should be changed once every month or two, making sure you change it before the summer begins will prepare you to have a smooth-running system. You can also do a fair bit of cleaning, including cleaning the coils and fins. The coils can be sprayed down with a hose or cleaned with AC cleaner purchased online or from a department store. The fins can be scrubbed down with a little brush like a toothbrush or anything soft and small. In addition to cleaning the air conditioner itself, it’s a smart idea to clear the debris around the unit and trim back any shrubbery or foliage that might grow to interfere with the air conditioner efficiency. Lastly, you might want to check for leaks and level your AC if you find that it stands uneven on the ground or on the concrete slab it stands on.
This ensures that the flow of air from your system is not obstructed. It’s recommended that filters be replaced every 2-3 months.
Clear external debris.
Organic matter such as leaves can build up around the outdoor components of your system, which can impede performance and efficiency.
Check line insulation.
Check the insulation on your unit’s coolant lines for wear and tear – cracking, peeling or fraying insulation needs to be professionally addressed.
The Professional Fixes
Do everything that you can do to check your air conditioning system out for the summer; it’s not only a good feeling to stay cool, but important for your health as well.