You rely on your air conditioner to stay comfortable in warm weather, but it needs routine maintenance to do its job optimally. Preparing it before the weather starts to heat up will keep it from breaking down or drawing high energy bills. Below are a few steps to take before spring arrives.
How to Ready Your Air Conditioner for Warm Weather
1. Change the Filter
The air filter in your AC unit is responsible for filtering grime and contaminants out of the air before they circulate through your home. If it becomes dirty or clogged, the airflow will be stifled, lowering your unit’s efficiency, and particulates will clog up the unit’s internal parts. Your owner’s manual should tell you which size and type of filter you need to buy for your unit.
2. Check for Leaks or Damage
Look around your unit for signs of unexplained condensation or pooling, which could signal a clogged drainpipe or leaking chemicals. Winter storms can blow debris into the unit as well, causing dents, broken housing, and disconnected tubing. Check everything you can without taking the unit apart, and get any needed AC repairs done before spring.
3. Remove Debris & Covers
If you covered your AC unit to keep out snow, ice, and sticks, uncover it after the temperatures warm up. Clear any debris like leaves and branches from the unit and the immediate vicinity so items don’t get blown into or stuck in it.
4. Schedule Professional Service
There are maintenance steps that only a professional HVAC contractor can perform. Lubricating moving parts, inspecting all internal parts for weaknesses and damage, and cleaning the inside should all be done by someone who’s experienced to prevent damaging your AC unit.
They’ll also run an efficiency test to determine how well it’s performing. These steps will prime your unit for the demands of warm weather and prevent breakdowns.
To get your air conditioner serviced before the rush of spring, contact Ashland Furnace Co. in Boyd County, KY. For over 50 years, their family-owned and -operated business has offered competitive AC maintenance and repairs from skilled HVAC contractors. They offer 24/7 emergency services, and their large fleet of 24 trucks ensures prompt responses for all work. Learn more about their AC services online, and get a free estimate by calling (606) 325-3211.