Very soon, you will be seeking relief from the summer heat that only your air conditioning unit can provide. It is a good idea you inspect your system before turning it on for the first time this coming season for any problems or required maintenance. By inspecting your unit now, it will allow you to call for professional service for simple repairs if needed before the weather becomes warmer.
1. Check Your Air Filter
Many homeowners do not realize their air conditioners share a filter with their heaters. Therefore, if you have been running your heat for the previous months (even if you only did during the nights), your filter has been drawing in air pollutants and trapping them.
Also, if you have a clogged air filter, you should replace it immediately since it could eventually suffocate your air conditioning system. Like you do, your AC unit also must breathe. And, if there is a thick dust or dirt layer blocking the air from getting into your unit, you could eventually begin noticing problems like:
- Ice on refrigerant lines
- A frozen evaporator coil
- Weak vent airflow
- Higher energy bills
2. Prepare the Condenser
If you kept your AC unit covered to protect it from snowfall and debris over the winter, be sure you remove it before you turn your AC system on. If you did not cover it, then simply clean any debris off the condenser surface.
Then you will want to take the grill off the fan so you can inspect for dirt or debris that could have gotten into your system. Gently vacuum off the fan blades with a soft brush attachment before you reinstall the grill. If you notice any grease or grime on the blades, wipe them off using a soapy solution.
Remove the side and top panels to access the condenser coils so you can clean them. Use a hose or a soft brush to clean the coils. You can also wipe the coils clean with a special condenser cleaning fluid.
Clear all objects and vining plants away from the condenser’s immediate area. You should maintain about three feet on either side of the condenser. Air should be allowed to freely flow around the perimeter of your condenser when your AC unit is running.
3. Check the Refrigerant Lines
The refrigerant lines should be properly insulated to enhance the system’s efficiency. Call in a professional if there should be any repairs made to the refrigerant lines or insulation.
4. Check Thermostat and Vents
If you are using a smart thermostat, make sure you reprogram it so that it reflects the oncoming season. Ensure its fully operational by checking the battery and change the battery if you have not done so within the past six to nine months.
Check the vents in every room of your home and clean any dust off them. Gently vacuum out any noticeable dust from inside the vents using a soft brush attachment.
5. Check the Outdoor Electrical Wiring
Ensure there is no wear on the electrical wiring outside. If you notice any wear or damage, call in a professional to service it before you use your system.
Once you are done checking the indoor and outdoor AC components, it is time to schedule a maintenance and tune-up inspection. This is especially important and is not something you can do on your own. You will require an experienced and trained HVAC professional to come in and do the job. To schedule your maintenance appointment, contact us today.