Spring has arrived, which means it’s time to ensure your air conditioner is ready to go at a moment’s notice. The best way to prepare for when your air conditioner sees a lot of use during the warmer weather months is by preventative a/c maintenance. The following highlights what this maintenance is, why you should do so, and the steps you can take to prepare your air conditioner for summer.
What is Preventative A/C Maintenance?
Preventative a/c maintenance involves regular upkeep of your air conditioner to make it work its best and last for years. From changing your air filter to having regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance visits by a professional each year, you can have your air conditioner ready to work whenever you need it.
Why You Should Take Preventative Maintenance Measures
There are a few reasons to take preventative measures with your air conditioner. First, by doing so, your air conditioner will likely work and work well when you turn it on after the cold weather season. Also, by taking the maintenance steps ahead of time, should you need to replace or repair your air conditioner, you can do it before the hot weather arrives. In addition, regular maintenance will help increase the lifespan of your air conditioner, which means a more affordable result for you.
What Can You Do to Prep Your A/C?
With air conditioner maintenance performance, there are specific tasks you can do and others that should be left up to the professionals. Here’s a list of ways to prepare your a/c for the hot weather:
How You Can Prepare:
- Change your home’s air filter every month. Doing so will help keep your home’s air free of allergens, dirt, and debris.
- Clear foliage around your outside air conditioner unit. Clearing any garden foliage from the perimeter of your HVAC unit will help your a/c unit to work its best.
- Keep furniture and draperies away from your home’s a/c return and supply registers. When these areas are clear, your air conditioner can work its best and won’t push out air harder than it must to get around these blockages.
How an HVAC Professional Can Help:
- Annual maintenance visit to make sure the HVAC system is working well. The HVAC technician will perform various tasks for routine maintenance.
- The technician will check the overall system, including the condenser coil. The condenser coil will be cleaned if necessary.
- The HVAC professional will check for any oil and refrigerant leaks and fix them when necessary.
- The technician will check the blower belt. The blower belt will be checked for wear, alignment, and tension.
- The expansion valve and coil will be checked.
- The air conditioner system will be optimized to work to its maximum potential.
Taking these steps before you put your air conditioner on for the warm weather season will ensure you have the cool air you crave when it’s time to turn the system on.