Preparing Your Home Air Conditioner for Warmer Weather
With warmer weather on the horizon, now is the time to prepare your home air conditioner. Taking a few simple steps to prepare your unit for warm weather can help ensure it runs efficiently all season long. Here are four maintenance tips to get your air conditioner in tip-top shape before turning it on for the first time this year.
Clean Your Outdoor Unit and Clear Debris From Around It
Your outdoor unit should be free of leaves, dirt, and other debris before you turn it on for the season. You can clean it well with a garden hose and brush off any dirt or grime accumulated over the winter months. Be sure to clear away any vegetation growing close to the unit as well; this will ensure that it has plenty of space to breathe and run efficiently.
Check Your Air Filters and Replace as Needed
Air filters should be checked regularly throughout the year and replaced as needed. Dirty or clogged filters can cause efficiency issues, reduce airflow, and put extra strain on your system. We suggest checking them at least once monthly during warm months when they’re most likely to get dirty quickly due to increased use.
Check and Clean Your Vents and Ducts
Vents and ducts should be inspected regularly and cleaned if necessary. Dirt and dust buildup in vents can restrict airflow and reduce efficiency, so remember to check them or hire a professional to check and replace them every few months (or even more frequently if needed). You may need an HVAC professional to help clean hard-to-reach areas like ductwork or vents in tight spaces.
Hire an HVAC Professional for an Annual Tune-Up and Inspection
It’s always a good idea to hire an HVAC professional for an annual tune-up and inspection before turning on your air conditioner each year. A technician from AWS Plumbing, Heating & Cooling will inspect all system components, look for potential problems, and lubricate moving parts where necessary. An inspection may also include a refrigerant level check. We will ensure everything is running correctly before giving the go-ahead to turn on your air conditioner for the first time when warm weather arrives.
Call us today at (516) 217-2196 to schedule your AC maintenance and inspection.