On a hot summer day, there’s nothing worse than realizing you need air conditioning service because your unit isn’t working properly. With a little advanced planning, you can ensure that your air conditioner will be in great shape to keep you comfortable all summer long. Here are a few steps you can take to get your air conditioner ready for hot weather.
Tips for Prepping Your AC Unit for Summer
1. Change the Filters
Filters keep dust, debris, pollen, and other pollutants from entering the components of your air conditioner. When they become clogged, air can’t flow through the unit properly, so your air conditioning system has to work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, which drives up your utility bill. Install a clean filter at the beginning of the season and change it every month or so. Ask your air conditioning service provider what type of filter will best meet your household’s needs.
2. Clean the Outdoor Unit
To help your cooling system run as efficiently as possible, brush away or gently hose off dirt, leaves, twigs, and other debris from the surface of your outdoor condenser. To clean the condenser coils within the unit, first shut off the power and then use a screwdriver or nut driver to remove the top panels, side panels, and protective grille. Vacuum the coils with a soft brush attachment, being careful not to tug on any wires or bend the fins. Cover the electrical components with a plastic tarp or garbage bag, and then use a focused trigger nozzle to hose away stubborn dirt and debris from the coils.
3. Check the Drain & Coolant Line
Near the outdoor unit is a thin pipe called the condensate drain that allows moisture to escape when you’re running your air conditioner. Algae can accumulate in the drain, so check for clogs and clean out any algae or other debris to keep water from flowing indoors or triggering the float switch to turn off your unit. Also inspect the coolant line, which is a copper pipe that should be covered in insulation. If the insulation is damaged or missing, replace it. The line should feel cool to the touch when the system has been running, so if it feels warm, contact an air conditioning service expert to add coolant.
Based in Tallmadge, OH, J & J Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers expert air conditioning service for homes and businesses in Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, and the surrounding areas. Their experienced team has the skill to handle everything from water heater and furnace repair to a clogged drain. Call (330) 688-1220 to schedule an appointment, and visit their website to learn more about their services.