As the days get warmer, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your air conditioner for the spring. Doing a few simple maintenance tasks now will help ensure that your air conditioner is ready to go when the temperatures start to really heat up. To help you get started, here are a few tips for preparing your AC unit for the warmer weather:
Change the Air Filter
Before you turn on your air conditioner for the first time this season, it’s important to change the air filter. This will ensure that your air conditioner runs efficiently and that the air quality in your home is not compromised. Dirty air filters can block airflow, lead to higher energy bills and cause dirt and other contaminants to enter your home, causing allergies and illness. To keep your air conditioner running at peak performance, it’s best to change the air filter every month or two during the summer months.
Clean Around the Unit
Once the air filter is changed, it’s time to give the outside of your air conditioner a good cleaning. Make sure to remove any leaves, dirt, or debris that have accumulated around the unit. This is important to ensure that airflow is not blocked and your air conditioner can work efficiently. Additionally, it helps to clear any obstructions that may be blocking the airflow around the unit, which can reduce the efficiency of the system and potentially cause it to overheat.
Check for Refrigerant Leaks
Refrigerant is essential to the cooling process, so it’s important to make sure there are no leaks before the start of spring as a refrigerant leak can lead to a decrease in efficiency and an increase in energy costs. If a leak is detected, it’s best to call a professional to diagnose the problem, as it can cause damage to the compressor or other parts of the system. The technician can then repair or replace any damaged parts as needed.
Inspect the Condenser Coil
The condenser coil is responsible for dissipating the heat from the refrigerant, which is necessary for the unit to cool air effectively. When the coil is dirty or clogged, the air conditioner has to work harder and is less efficient at cooling. To help it work efficiently all year long, it’s important to inspect the condenser coil and make sure it’s clean. If you notice any dirt or debris, use a soft brush to gently remove it.
Check the Thermostat
Make sure your thermostat is functioning correctly by testing it before the spring. The thermostat controls the room temperature and if it is not working properly, your AC unit will not be able to properly regulate the temperature of your home. To check if it’s working properly, set it to a temperature that is lower than the current temperature and wait to see if the air conditioner turns on. If it doesn’t turn on, it may be time to replace or repair the thermostat.
By following these steps, you can make sure your air conditioner is ready for the warmer weather. Doing a little maintenance now can help your unit run more efficiently and save you money on energy bills in the long run! For a thorough service call or inspection, get in touch with our experts at McMillin Air today and we’ll make sure your unit is ready for the spring.