Preparing Your Air Conditioner for Summer

Waiting until the summer hits to get your AC in good shape is bad. You’ll need to start preparing your unit at least a month before the summer begins for the best results. That way, it will be ready to blast cold air into all the rooms in your house before your family swelters. Here’s some information on how to get your AC summer ready:

Can You DIY Your AC Maintenance?

Some AC maintenance tasks can easily be done by you or a friend who knows a little bit about AC units. On the other hand, an average homeowner should not perform certain tasks. One thing you can do yourself is a filter replacement. The filter is located in the furnace or a cabinet near the side of the unit where the air enters. Filters are one-piece materials that you can find at a variety of department stores if your unit is a popular model. To replace the filter, you would remove the old one and install the new one.

You can also clean the condenser coils. Generally, you’d have to go outside your home to get to the coils. You’ll find a large metal box with grilles on the sides. Your task is to clean off the coils once you see them. Sometimes, they get leaves and debris in them if they don’t have a cover or alternative protection. Take a few minutes to remove anything visible so your unit won’t be clogged.

You should also check all of your coolant lines to ensure that you don’t see any leaks, breaks, cracks, and so on.

How To Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Summer

Do the procedures mentioned above, and then give your AC unit a test run. You’ll know pretty quickly whether it still has life in it or not. Wait to see if it cools as usual. If yes, you can feel confident that it will work well for your family members and guests. If not, you might have to let someone else check it out for you.

What Can’t You Do Yourself?

Anything that has to do with the sealed refrigeration system should be left to a professional. The components are susceptible to damage, and you can break them permanently by trying to save a little money with DIY. The best action is to locate an affordable HVAC repair company or compare a few providers until you find one within your budget.

As of now, everyone’s prices aren’t the same, and it’s still possible to get a good deal. Some businesses offer promotions to their new clients, and you might come across such a business. You may also find a company that will give you a free consultation with an AC inspection.

It’s time to start working on your AC to prepare it for the hot season. Take some of the information you have just read and use it to get your HVAC in perfect working order.

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