During the summer your air conditioner works non-stop to keep your home comfy and cool. That’s why it’s best to maintain it during the spring to prepare for the summer heat. Keep reading below to learn how to tune your AC for the summer.
Clean or Replace the Air Filter
If you haven’t turned on your AC yet, the AC’s air filter is likely dirty and needs cleaning before use. Clogged filters prevent your unit from working efficiently. This means it will use more energy and cost more money to maintain a comfortable temperature, which is why it is vital to keep the filter free of dirt and debris. Depending on your HVAC system, you will either need to replace or clean your air filter. Typically, you should check the filter every few months, but it is best to do it more often during the spring before summer hits.
Clean the Condenser Coils
Grimy condenser coils are another factor that impacts your HVAC system’s efficiency. When your condenser coils become dirty and clogged, the whole AC (and your home) suffers. Not only will your unit work inadequately, but the air quality in the home can suffer, too. Poorly maintained condensate drain lines collect moisture and dust, and can eventually lead to mold growth. To prevent damage to your home and your health, inspect the condenser coils during spring. Cleaning them and ensuring they work correctly can make a huge difference.
Inspect the Electrical Connections
Another crucial part of AC maintenance is checking the electrical components. If the electrical connections are damaged or otherwise nonfunctional, it can create a fire hazard. Unless you have experience working with electrical equipment, it is best to let a professional HVAC technician perform a thorough inspection of your unit and the electrical connections. They will review the system’s control, upgrade the wiring insulation, find any loose or damaged wires, and make the necessary repairs.
Examine the Outdoor Unit
Don’t forget to give the AC’s outdoor unit a little bit of love. Start by removing anything around it that impedes the air flow or obstructs the unit in any way. Trim the bushes and shrubs that surround it, trim the grass, and pull out weeds. Lastly, clean dirt and debris off the unit by using your garden hose.
Create a Preventative Maintenance Plan
Maintenance of your HVAC system is a year-round affair; you can’t afford to only think about it when you are using it. Work with your mechanic to create a maintenance plan for your unit. Take this time to schedule your annual maintenance appointment and determine what other maintenance your unit needs. This way, you can be sure that your air conditioner will be in excellent condition and ready to use when summer arrives.