Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to begin preparing for the hot weather. You want to make sure all of your ducks are in a row before the summer weather hits. One of these ducks is your air conditioning. There is nothing worse than having your air conditioning break down during one of the hottest days of the year. Make sure your air conditioner is running properly before you have to begin turning it on. Here are tips for preparing your air conditioner for summertime.
Replace and/or clean your filters
Your central air pushes air through your home almost every day of the year. Air filters are placed in your air system to keep the air as clean as possible. You most likely have a place in your ceiling with a metal piece that looks grated. You can remove it to find an air filter right behind it. The air filter will have a size printed right on it. You can buy a new one from any home improvement or big box store.
Many air conditioners will also have a filter inside the unit itself. To change this filter, unplug your unit first. Next, close the vents with the vent control handle, and then open the front panel on the air conditioner. Remove the air filter and wash it with dish soap and warm water. Make sure the filter is completely dry before placing it back in position. Close the panel and plug your air conditioner back in. Make sure you do this at the end of every summer. If you live in an area that is hot most of the year, clean your air filter every three months.
Clean the coils
Your evaporator coil behind your air filter catches some of the debris that your air filter misses. If you haven’t cleaned the filter on your air conditioning unit, then the coil is likely extremely dirty. Remove the access panel on the top of your air conditioner to check your evaporator coil and your condenser coil. You can try to hose off the coils first. If that doesn’t get all of the trapped dirt. Get a sponge and a bucket of soap and water. After you scrub the coils, rinse off the soap and inspect the coils for any damage. If any look damaged, call a local HVAC technician to come replace them.
The coils in your air conditioner are essential for cooling your home. If they are dirty, your air conditioner will have to work harder, thus resulting in higher energy costs and reducing the life of your unit. Cleaning them once a year provides the proper maintenance that they need. If you have trouble cleaning the coils, you need to call in professional help. Click here to learn more about AC service for your home.
Clear debris from your unit
If you air conditioner is covered with twigs and leaves, you want to clean everything off to allow proper airflow through your unit. You can take a hose and rinse it off if there is dirt stuck inside the grates. If your air conditioner is placed within overgrown bushes, trim around it so you don’t have any vegetation touching your air conditioner. Covering it up will reduce airflow and cause your unit to become overworked.
Air conditioner maintenance is simple to do. Don’t skip it and overwork your unit. You’ll regret it when it breaks down in the middle of July. Clean and replace filters, clean your coils, and make sure your air conditioner is free of debris and overgrown bushes.