Being prepared by making sure your air conditioner is working in time for summer will save you from getting into hot water.
After all, summer is hot enough!
The best way to keep your air conditioner performing well is by performing regular maintenance. Not only will this save you money on cooling costs by improving its efficiency, but you will prolong its longevity as well.
Keep reading for our top tips on getting your air conditioner ready for the long days of summer.
1. Keep It Clean
Regularly maintaining your air conditioner is essential to keep it functioning and keep repair costs down.
Your air conditioner needs to be cleaned out at least once a year. If you haven’t cleaned it since last year, now is the time.
Check for any clogs in drains, leaves or needles piled up, or layers of dust. These obstructions will make the unit less efficient and cost you more in the long run.
It would also be beneficial to examine your ductwork and crawlspace with a flashlight. Be sure to check for leaks, holes in insulations, and gas.
These types of issues need repairing immediately. If you let these things go unrepaired, cool air will leak and you will be throwing your money away.
2. Replace Filters
You should replace the filter on your air conditioner each year.
If your filter is old or clogged it will impede the performance of the system by slowing it down. Pollen will also get into your home and make dust and allergies worse.
Replacing your filters is an easy do-it-yourself way to prepare your air conditioner for the summer heat.
If your filter has been replaced but you are still plagued with dust and allergies, consider upgrading to a better quality filter that is better designed to eliminate dust and allergens.
3. Check Refrigerant
Refrigerant is the fuel that keeps your air conditioner running.
It’s like the gas in your car, except refrigerant is technically semi-gaseous. It works to move heat away from your house, keeping it cool.
As time passes, tiny amounts of refrigerant can leak out of the air conditioner making it less efficient. If you are experiencing long running times, you may be low on refrigerant.
Replacing refrigerant is not something you can do on your own. You need to consult a professional if you think your refrigerant level is low.
You will not be able to tell on your own how much refrigerant is in the unit. Consulting a professional will ensure your air conditioner is working at maximum efficiency. This will keep you cool all summer long and keep cooling costs down!
Check Your Air Conditioner Today
Regularly maintaining your air conditioner should be a priority all year round. As summer approaches, now is the time to check and make sure your unit is working efficiently.
Failing to maintain your air conditioner can shorten its life span and cost you extra money.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get the most out of your air conditioner.