Summer is right around the corner, which means your air conditioner needs to be ready. Ensuring your system is prepared includes calling for general maintenance from an air conditioning contractor. However, there are a few preventative measures you can take on your own to ensure the AC runs smoothly during the hottest months of the year.
How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Summer
1. Change Air Filters
To keep your air conditioner in top shape, you need to change your air filter every 30 days to 6 months, depending on the type of filter and your needs. For example, a home with many pets will need to change their air filter frequently to remove hair and dander, while a vacation house or a pet-free home can change their filter every three to six months. Keep in mind that a fiberglass filter, although the less expensive option, has a shelf life of 30 days regardless of the situation, while a pleated one lasts much longer.
2. Start Spring Cleaning
The condenser in your unit will attract dirt and dust. Therefore, cleaning the condenser coils is a pivotal part of AC upkeep.
For your outside units, spray water from a hose at medium pressure to clear out debris and ensure optimal airflow. Make sure that there’s enough space between the outdoor unit and shrubbery or trees to keep it from overheating. For an air conditioner inside your home, keep at least a 2-foot distance between furniture and the for uninterrupted airflow.
3. Have Your Air Conditioning Inspected
Hire an air conditioning contractor at least once a year before you start up your unit. They’ll check and clean the coils, ensure the wiring is intact, and balance and calibrate the thermostat.
If you’re unsure of how to clean the unit properly, the technician will do it for you and explain how you can appropriately move the parts for general maintenance. Finally, they will lubricate all parts in and around the unit.
If you have a standalone or combination unit that requires repair from an air conditioning contractor, contact Peak Performance Heating & Air in Cleveland, GA. The expert HVAC technicians have served customers throughout White County for over 20 years by offering budget-friendly services, including maintenance, repairs, and installation. They use top brands with the highest safety and emission standards, including Carrier® and Trane®. Call (706) 219-1016 for more information.