“Making it through the summer without a working air conditioning system isn’t feasible in some parts of the country. Even if you live in a temperate climate, your AC system will make you much more comfortable at home…So before the weather really gets hot, take the time to clean and prepare your air conditioner…
- Perform a visual inspection. As a homeowner, you won’t know everything there is to know about your air conditioning system. That doesn’t mean you can’t spot something that’s obviously wrong or out of place. Take the time to visually inspect your outdoor air conditioning unit, looking for signs of physical damage to the unit that may have occurred during the winter months – like missing or poorly aligned panels. If the panel that covers the system is out of place, this is a fix you should leave to the pros for safety reasons. Also check that your refrigerant lines have proper insulation that hasn’t been damaged over the winter.
- Check your electrical. Before you turn your air conditioner on you should inspect any power and electrical cords around your outdoor unit. If these are frayed or damaged, getting a service professional to make the necessary repairs is essential. Also check your circuit breaker to make sure the proper electrical connections are powered on. Breakers may have flipped during the winter without your knowing it.
- Clear debris. It’s common to find debris covering your outdoor AC unit’s housing and around the condenser coil that makes the unit work. Using a cover for your AC in the fall and winter can help with this in the future, but if debris is a concern now, it should be cleared before you turn the unit on. Removing debris is a simple job – just avoid damaging your unit with gardening tools like rakes and shovels. Heavy gloves are your best protection for clearing debris around your condenser coil.
- Change your air filter. Making sure you get clean air inside your home might seem obvious, but many people forget to do ti around this time of year. Even if your air filter hasn’t been in use for the allotted time recommended by the manufacturer, a change is a smart idea between seasons. If there are any issues with your air conditioning unit that you’re not aware of, a dirty air filter will only make problems worse.
- Call the professionals. Not every problem is one that can be spotted by the average homeowner. When the seasons change, getting a quick inspection (http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/servicing-your-air-conditioner/) from a professional service provider you trust is a wise choice. They can provide a deeper inspection and let you know if there are any concerns with your air conditioning unit. Your air conditioner might also get a clean bill of health, giving you a little peace of mind for the summer season.
Basic maintenance tasks shouldn’t take you more than a few hours and performing them could save you hundreds of dollars in repairs.
REFERENCES: How to Prep Your AC for Spring and Summer (http://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-prep-your-ac-spring-and-summer.htm)
Clean Your Air Conditioner Condenser Unit (https://www.familyhandyman.com/heating-cooing/air-conditioner-repair/clean-your-air-conditioner-condenser-unit/view-all)
11 Steps to Follow Before You Turn On Your AC (http://www.centralhtg.com/blog/starting-your-a/c-for-the-first-time-this-summer)
5 Secrets for Getting Your A/C Ready for Summer (http://www.hometips.com/repair-fix/air-conditioner-prepare-summer.html)
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