The warm weather is finally here: Summer is (dare we say) just around the corner. With the outdoor temperature increasing, you’ll want to make sure your AC is ready for summer.
Before you turn on your unit, make sure to check out this list of 5 tips to help get your air conditioner in tip-top shape.
1. Book an AC Tune-up
The benefits of an AC tune-up from a qualified technician are endless. Not only do regular tune-ups extend the life of your AC, but they will actually help lower your energy cost. Get your HVAC tech to double-check Freon coolant levels to ensure there are no leaks or issues.
2. Prepare the Outdoor Unit
Remove the cover and hose down your A/C. Pay special attention to cleaning the condenser coil: make sure outdoor debris, including weeds, grass clippings, twigs, and branches, are cleared away. Turn ‘ON’ the outdoor switch and ensure the breakers are ‘ON’. The humidifier bypass should be closed.
3. Clear Away Buildup
In-home AC units should be cleaned to remove buildup created by dust and dirt, to maximize airflow. Wet shop vacs can be used to remove sludge that can accumulate in drainage pipes. For a thorough job, call a professional duct cleaner to give your vents a full dusting.
4. Open Vents
Furniture can obstruct airflow from entering a room: No more than 20% of return and supply registers should be closed. Turn on the AC at your thermostat and let it run for an hour to ensure it’s properly cooling all the rooms in your home.
5. Check Air Filters
Filters should be checked, and unclean filters should be replaced to improve indoor air quality and achieve optimum airflow. As a rule of thumb, filters should be examined every 30-60 days, minimum.
Need Help Getting Your AC Ready for Summer?
At Link ClimateCare, we offer the perfect services for AC maintenance each year. Contact us to get started.