Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means: trips to the beach, family vacations, and almost unbearably hot temperatures. Before the heat arrives, you must make sure that your air conditioner is working properly. Before you turn on your AC for the first time this year, inspect your unit and ensure it will be in good working order for the season. Keep reading to learn what you should check.
CLEAR AWAY YARD WASTE
Over the autumn and winter, leaves, twigs, branches, and more can build up around the exterior air conditioning unit. Before turning on your AC for the first time, clear away all of the yard waste that has collected throughout the year.
CLEAN THE OUTSIDE UNITS
The outdoor portion of your AC system is subject to loads of damage throughout the year from weather, falling branches, snow plows, and more. Before you can check for signs of damage, you must first clean off the unit. Use a garden hose or some sudsy water and a rag to wash the dirt off the unit. Then, you can thoroughly inspect the unit and check for indications of harm. Be sure to check inside the unit as well. Often birds and rodents will nest inside AC units during the winter, so use a flashlight to check for nesting material.
CLEAN OR REPLACE FILTERS
The filter in your air conditioner stops airborne debris from entering and spreading around your home. To maintain your unit’s efficiency, you must either clean or replace the filters depending on the type of system you have. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations to determine whether your filters need to be cleaned or replaced and how often you need to do it.
CHECK THE INDOOR UNITS
Even your indoor air-conditioning unit can become damaged over the winter. Inspect the units and the wiring for any signs of damage. You also can hire a professional who handles air-conditioning in Marietta to perform a thorough inspection of the entire air-conditioning system.
CLEAN THE CONDENSER COILS
If you have a central air conditioner, the condenser unit has coils that become dirty and dusty throughout the year. The debris prevents your air conditioner from working as efficiently as it should, so it is crucial to clean them periodically. Begin by shutting off the electricity and taking off the cover. Then, use a soft rag or refrigerator coil brush to clean the coils and, once finished, put the cover back on.
INSPECT THE CIRCUITS
As you likely already know if you have ever looked at your energy bill during the summer, air conditioners use a ton of electricity. Before powering up your AC for the summer, make sure the circuit breaker is in good condition. This way, you can avoid any annoying power outages.
UNBLOCK THE VENTS
Furniture, rugs, and draperies often get moved around throughout the year and can block the cool air from circulating in your home. Before turning on your AC for the first time, walk around your home and make sure nothing is blocking any of the vents.
CHECK THE THERMOSTAT
Test out your thermostat to see if it is getting an accurate reading of the temperature. If you think it is incorrect, you may want to hire an AC technician to perform a more thorough inspection.
The end of spring is the perfect time to get your air conditioner inspected so you can repair any issues before the hot weather arrives. Contact us at Comfort Solutions Heating and Cooling to schedule an appointment today!