How You Should Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Summer

It’s almost summer, and the temperatures are quickly rising. It can get seriously hot, especially in the South, and without air conditioning, your home can be downright unlivable.

Your air conditioner will be your lifeline during the hot summer, and making sure that it’s ready will be of utmost importance. Here’s what you’re going to need to prepare your air conditioner for summer.

Change Your Air Filter!

You need to make sure your air filter is clean and ready for summer. Air flow is going to be important in summer, and a clogged air filter can impede proper air flow. You can find your air filter using your air conditioning system’s user’s manual. Check your air filter now, and if it’s dusty or dirty, swap it out.

Clean The Coils

The coils are important for controlling how hot and cold air flows in and out of the unit. It’s important to make sure it’s not clogged or filthy.

You can clean the coils in the outside unit with a hose, but make sure that it’s turned off and that you don’t get any water on the electrical box.

Clear Anything That Might Be Blocking The Unit

You’re going to want to keep one foot of clearance at least for your outdoor unit.
If there is any dirt, debris, grass, leaves, or small stones blocking the unit, remove them straight away.

Furniture and other items might also block off the unit, preventing proper air flow. Check to make sure that there’s nothing in the way!

Stay On Top of The System

A keen eye and a little bit of knowledge can go a long way in preventing big issues with your HVAC system. The last thing you want is for your air conditioner to stop working on the hottest day of the year!

Since your HVAC system has to work harder when temperatures are more extreme, checking your system while things are good can be a way to prevent performance issues or breakdowns.

Some things you’re going to want to listen for or check for are:

● HVAC system turning on and off at random

● Air flow or temperature differences between rooms or floors

● Odd noises from your system

● Energy bill increases

● Poor air flow

Get a Spring Tune-Up

Sometimes, the best answer is just to call in a professional. A trained HVAC technician will be able to take a look at your system and figure out what may be wrong with it.

Moncrief Heating & Air Conditioning offers spring maintenance packages that can help you prepare your system for summer, so you’re not caught without air conditioning when it gets really hot. Call us today!

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