As summer slowly creeps closer, you’ve likely already begun thinking about using your air conditioning system. Before you switch it on for the first time this season, however, you’ll want to make sure your cooling system is ready to get a workout. The last thing you want to be faced with in the dead of summer is a damaged—or worse, completely shut-down—air conditioner. So what can you do today to make sure your AC is ready for summer? Take note of the 6 steps we’ve shared below.
1. Get Maintenance Done
If you haven’t already scheduled a maintenance appointment this year, now is the time to do so. During maintenance, your HVAC technician will fully inspect your system, thoroughly clean it, make adjustments and make recommendations for repairs.
2. Don’t Ignore Small Repairs
When a professional HVAC technician makes suggestions for repairs, it is in your best interest to have them done right away. Ignoring small problems may only cause them to turn into much larger, more expensive issues later.
3. Clean or Replace Air Filters
While your HVAC technician will check your air filter during your maintenance visit, they should be cleaned or replaced approximately every 3 months. If you have significant airborne contaminants in your home—like pet dander or cigarette smoke—you may want to consider bumping this to once a month.
4. Clear Debris Away From Outdoor Unit
Leaves, dirt, and even mulch can cause damage to your AC by blocking airflow and causing issues inside the unit. Be sure to check for accumulating debris before summer begins, and periodically during the cooling season. You’ll also want to cut and remove any weeds or vines that threaten to obstruct airflow.
5. Check Your Refrigerant Lines
If it’s been awhile since you’ve had a tune-up, you’ll want to check your refrigerant lines. Look for areas that the insulation on your refrigerant lines is worn or frayed. Also check for signs of a leak, as this can cause significant issues for your AC performance.
6. Test Your Unit
Provided you’ve followed all the steps above, now it’s time to test your unit. Ensure your thermostat is on the “cool” setting and set the thermostat for a couple degrees below what it is outside. Then wait and see if your AC cycles on. Make sure that you have cool air blowing from your vents and that the airflow seems appropriate.
To enroll in our comprehensive air conditioning maintenance plan in Hayden, ID today, contact ACI Northwest. We are here to help with all your home comfort needs or concerns!