There is still a chill in the air and spring is just beginning to show its colors. So why are we talking about how to prep your AC for summer? Well, as the old saying goes, “Think winter when it’s summer and vice-versa.” Waiting to get your air conditioner in tip-top shape when the temps are already rising can be rather frustrating. The air conditioning professionals at Fesmire Heating & Air Conditioning can help you get a jump on the summer heat.
The easiest way to keep your AC in good shape is to change the filters. Air intake is so important for keeping the motor running efficiently. The motor has to work harder when filters are dirty. Also, frequently changing your filters assists with keeping the air cleaner by keeping dust and pollen to a minimum and as a result, reduces respiratory problems.
Clean the Coils
Having your air conditioner off all winter allows for dirt to settle in the outside coils. Once again, any debris in the system can cause the motor to have to work harder to bring your room to the desired temp. Not only is this hard on the motor but can cut into your wallet with increased energy bills!
Air conditioner cleaner can be purchased for heavily soiled coils or a good spray down with the garden hose may suffice. Make sure to disconnect the power to the unit before washing.
Remove Any Overgrowth
Generally, we tend to want to hide our air conditioning units. Face it, they are not exactly esthetically appealing. Decorative plants and bushes are frequently planted around an air conditioning unit to obscure it from being seen. Walk around and take a good look at the environment that surrounds your AC unit. Are there any weeds or overgrowth around the unit? Make sure to prune any bushes or plants away from your unit. Make sure no weeds have invaded the space. Clear the area to provided maximum airflow through the unit. Once again, poor airflow equates with poor efficiency and higher energy bills.
Tidy Up Those Fins
Again, think airflow. The thin, comb-like metal structures on the outside of the air conditioner can become clogged with dirt and debris. In addition, they may become bent, resulting in reduced airflow.
Cleaning the fins is a bit more tedious. Gentle cleaning with a brush is required and care must be taken not to bend any of the fins in the process. If there are any bent or damaged fins, there are tools available to gently straighten them.
Check Condensation Lines
The last tip on how to prep your AC for summer is to check the condensation lines. Clogged lines can lead to a backup into the AC system and potentially into your home. When you turn on your air conditioner for the first time, let it run for a little while. Then, find where the line drains out and check for a nice steady drip. If there is no condensation dripping from the line, check for clogs.
Should you need any further information or assistance with setting up your air conditioner for summer, you may contact the professionals at Fesmire Heating & Air Conditioning. Keeping your home comfortable is our priority!