It may seem a little early to be worrying about air conditioning, but it isn’t. Now is actually a great time to start thinking about getting ready for summer. There are several things homeowners can do to get an AC system prepared for the warm months ahead.
Always Shut the Power Off Before Doing Anything Else
To avoid electrical shocks, it’s always a good idea to disconnect the power before servicing your AC system. Industry statistics state roughly 30,000 people suffer non-fatal electrical shocks every year. Approximately 1,000 people die as a result of shocks. Don’t be a statistic—shut off the power at the disconnect located near the AC system’s exterior unit.
Clean the System’s Filters
Keeping an AC system’s filters clean is always at the top of anyone’s list for preparing an AC unit for summer weather. Clean filters allow a system to function more efficiently, which keeps operating costs lower and makes it easier for the unit to cool a home.
If you’re looking for a good way to improve your AC unit’s efficiency, explore the option of upgrading the type of filter you’re using. Cheap filters are no bargain. More efficient filters not only keep your home’s air cleaner, they last longer and filter more than dust. Washable filters should also be considered to keep costs low and still enjoy cleaner air.
At the same time, clean the area in and around the interior air handler and check the unit’s condensate line to make sure it’s not plugged.
Clear the Area Around the Exterior Components
The condenser and compressor for typical AC systems is located outdoors. Over the winter, leaves, dirt, and other debris may build up around the unit. It’s important to take the time to clear away all debris. Then remove the exterior panels around the unit to access the coils.
Use a specially designed AC brush to remove any debris on the coils. The brushes are readily available at home improvement centers or online merchants. While it’s not essential, coil cleaning sprays can make the job even easier. Just be careful to follow all directions to avoid damaging the coil.
Check the Refrigerant Lines for Signs of Damage
AC systems rely on a refrigerant to function. If the system’s refrigerant lines are damaged in any way, the system may not function. The lines will typically be covered with some type of insulation. If the insulation is damaged, carefully examine the refrigerant lines to make sure they are intact. Replace any damaged insulation and, if the lines appear damaged, contact an AC professional for advice or to replace the damaged line.
Test the System
It’s important to test the system before the hot weather arrives. However, AC systems should not be tested if the outside temperature is below 65 degrees. On a warm day, activate the system and check all the functions. Now is the time to find out if some component isn’t working correctly, as doing so provides time to correct any issues.
Checking an AC system before it’s needed is always a good idea. Once you know the system is functioning correctly, there won’t be any question it will function properly when those first hot days arrive.
With over 80 years of experience, Rockford Heating & Air Conditioning has the knowledge to help with your industrial or residential HVAC needs. They have the go-to contractor for HVAC systems in the Rockford area with a professional team of factory trained technicians that will make sure the job is done right. Reach out online or give them a call at 815-965-9494 for your next project.