Prep Your Air Conditioning Unit for Better Summer Cooling
It sometimes seems like winter moves directly into summer, with a couple days of spring mashed between, and this can make it hard for homeowners to transition from one season to the next. If you want your air conditioner to run perfectly every time you turn it on between those chillier days, you should complete a preventative inspection before it gets too hot outside.
Inspect Interior Components of Your AC System
Before you turn the AC on, take a look at your thermostat. Is it getting too old? Does it show visible signs of damage? Move from there to inspect any ductwork you can see; signs of wear could mean clogs or leaks that lead to decreased efficiency and higher monthly bills. Next, move toys and furniture away from air vents, so there’s nothing obstructing the path of cooled (or heated) air. Finally, find the drain line (usually located near the indoor cooling coil near the furnace in the basement.
Professionals, such as those at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning, can offer tips about how to keep the drain clear and how to prevent appliance wear and tear. For example, it’s important to replace the filter during the year. Clean filters allow air to flow through the system efficiently and prevent many of the problems that pop up when filters are clogged.
Check Exterior Components for Signs of Trouble
The outdoor condenser unit sometimes gets blocked by growing vines, yard debris, and windblown trash. Clear these away to get a closer look at the unit. Make sure all panels are in place and that electrical connections are secure. Take a close look at refrigerant lines; they should be properly insulated without signs of damage. The same goes for any electrical wiring. Eventually, the air conditioner will be old enough that it should be replaced. The bright side of this is that newer appliances often lead to financial savings.
Run a System Test
After visually inspecting the various components of the cooling system, turn the system on to test it while running. Start by adjusting the thermostat to your desired temperature. Listen to the fan on the outside condenser; it should have a smooth, quiet rhythm. While there, check the top of the unit for warm air; this means that warm air is being moved out of your home. Several minutes after you head back inside, you should notice the indoor temperature getting lower.
Schedule Professional Servicing
Most experts recommend that you hire a technician, just like those at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning, once or twice a year for servicing and general maintenance. If you found any signs of trouble during your own inspection, it’s best to contact a professional for repairs before the heat settles in for good. Remember that good HVAC professionals will provide recommendations for more efficient systems, such as advising you to add another layer of insulation in the attic or to replace an older appliance. Expert advice often leads to fewer service calls and that sometimes means an initial investment.
Without too much trouble, you can protect your air conditioner from damage and early replacement. Work closely with heating and cooling professionals to enjoy a comfortable home all year long.