When the summer heat starts to hit, the last thing you want is to switch on the air conditioner only to find that it has stopped working as efficiently as it should when you need it the most! Your AC should be blowing cool air to help beat the summer heat but when it’s not regularly maintained, this may not be the case.
When your air conditioner sits idle for months, it collects dust, dirt and debris, which affect its efficiency and performance. You need to start prepping your air conditioner before summer arrives to prevent any unwanted delays and disruptions.
Here are the things you can do to make sure your air conditioner is running smoothly and efficiently on the very first day of summer.
Clean or replace filters
Start with the simple task of cleaning or replacing your filters. Ideally, this should be done every month or so. Clogged AC filters restrict the passage of air and can potentially freeze your coils. As a result, your unit strains to work and it may take longer to reach your desired temperature. This may also drive up power bills.
Check the outdoor unit of your AC and scoop out leaves, grass clippings, plants or any debris. Also, check the drains and make sure they are clear and unclogged. Any buildup in your condenser will limit your AC’s performance and may cause problems in operations, especially when your unit was left uncovered during the winter.
Test your unit
Once you’ve done the following, you can start turning your AC on again and check if it’s working well and giving off the desired cooling temperature.
Schedule for preventative maintenance
If your AC problems persist, you should call your trusted contractor to diagnose the problem. You can easily perform some of the maintenance steps mentioned above but a qualified professional will have the knowledge and the tools to fix your problems and make sure your air conditioner is running smoothly when you need it the most. Trying to fix your unit or even leaving it on when it’s not operating properly can do more damage. An air conditioning professional will locate the root of the problem and prepare the best solution.
It’s best to schedule preventative maintenance ahead of the summer months so a qualified technician can inspect your unit thoroughly. Cold Front’s team of AC experts are always willing to address the concerns you have. During the procedure, or team will inspect your system and take note of its overall health and perform the necessary actions to avoid system failure during the summer. Call us now and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.