Starting Your AC After Winter: Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer
You probably don’t consider your air conditioner when you prepare for spring, but this long-suffering equipment requires as much attention as the rest of your appliances.
It’s been standing, unused, all winter, so it will need maintenance before it’s ready to keep you cool all summer. An air conditioner that has gone unused for long periods can pose safety risks, so your large components will require some loving care.
How To Prepare Your AC System for Summer
Replace Your Filters
Your filters determine the purity of your air, so they’re central to your health. If they’re covered in dust, they’ll spread allergens throughout your home. Clogged filters can cause as much damage to your AC system as to your health.
When dirty filters cause overheating, a lost component will be quick to follow. Replacing the filter is the simplest way to prepare your unit for the season. If you have a split AC, remove dust with a soft brush and warm water. When it’s dry, replace it and enjoy all that new cooling energy.
Inspect & Clean Around Your Unit
Your outdoor equipment includes the all-important condenser, one of your most expensive components. Its ventilation must be unimpeded, so clear away debris and clutter.
Pay particular attention to your fan blades and drain. If your unit was uncovered all winter, it might be best to hire a technician to check that your fan and coil are clear of dust.
Inspect Your Insulation
Your coolant lines can be found on the back of your air conditioner. They should be well-insulated and in good condition. Call the Air Experts team if you spot missing insulation, cracks, or frays.
Make Sure Your System Turns On
Once you’ve cleared away debris, you can safely replace your thermostat batteries and turn on your AC system. Make sure it’s achieving the required temperatures and is blowing cool air through your vents. While you’re there, make sure your vents are open.
Clear the Registers
Your register grates can be affected by debris and small objects, so lift them to check that your vents are clear.
Inspect Exposed Ductwork
If you see gaps and holes in your exposed ductwork, the odds are good that they extend into your unexposed ventilation system, which will result in poor temperature control. Call us to correct the problem.
A pre-summer duct cleaning will also prepare you for an allergen-free season. This service is vital for people with respiratory illnesses like asthma.
Consider Upgrading to a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat allows you to operate your AC when you’re not home. This feature can save you money, so it’s a worthwhile investment. You’ll be thanked for your efforts in the form of lower utility bills!
Schedule Air Conditioner Service
Ideally, your AC should be serviced once per year, right before summer. Your technicians will inspect, lubricate, and clean each component while checking for signs of breakage.
A professional tune-up will prevent catastrophic problems in the middle of the season. It will also improve your air conditioner’s life span and put off impending AC replacement.
Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance in Raleigh
Whether you have a new air conditioner or an older unit, our outstanding team will assure you of an undisturbed cooling season. We’ve helped North Carolina’s homeowners for three decades, so our tune-ups are hard to beat.
Contact Air Experts today at 919-480-2727. Our experts can help you with all your home comfort needs.