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Prepare Your AC During Spring to Avoid Summer Breakdowns

February 15, 2024
a professional HVAC technician looking at 2 gauges to see if AC unit is well-maintained

The days are about to get longer, the birds are chirping, and the promise of summer fun is just around the corner. But before you fully embrace the warmth, there’s one crucial task you shouldn’t neglect: preparing your air conditioner for the scorching months ahead.

Just like your car needs a tune-up before a road trip, your AC needs a little TLC to ensure it performs at its peak when you need it most. Skipping this vital step can lead to unexpected breakdowns, uncomfortable evenings, and higher energy bills.

Don’t wait until the heat wave hits! Use this spring AC tune-up checklist to get your system ready for summer.

Why Not Do It Yourself?

  • Change the air filter: This is the simplest and most important step. A clogged filter restricts airflow, reducing efficiency and raising energy costs. Replace your filter monthly during peak season and at least every 3 months year-round.
  • Clean the outdoor unit: Remove any leaves, debris, or overgrown vegetation around the unit. Ensure at least 2 feet of clearance for proper airflow. Gently brush away dust and grime from the condenser coils with a soft brush or a vacuum cleaner on low power (never use water!).
  • Check the condensate drain line: This line removes moisture from the system. Clogs can lead to water damage and mold growth. Locate the drain (usually near the outdoor unit) and ensure it’s clear and flowing freely. You can also pour a cup of water down the line to test for blockage.
  • Test your thermostat: Set your thermostat to “cool” and adjust the temperature. Ensure it turns on the AC and maintains the desired temperature accurately.

Professional Assistance

While your AC might seem functional, a professional tune-up can prevent future meltdowns by catching minor issues before they snowball into costly repairs. Regular maintenance also optimizes efficiency, saving you money on energy bills and ensuring your home stays comfortably cool all summer long.

  • Schedule a professional tune-up: A qualified technician can perform a comprehensive inspection, cleaning, and tune-up of your entire system. This includes checking refrigerant levels, lubricating moving parts, tightening electrical connections, and ensuring optimal performance.
  • Consider an upgrade: If your AC is old or inefficient, a professional can assess if an upgrade would be cost-effective in the long run. Newer models offer better efficiency, quieter operation, and potentially lower energy bills.

Bonus Tips

  • Seal air leaks: Sealing air leaks around windows, doors, and ducts can improve efficiency and reduce your cooling load.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat: This allows you to control your AC remotely and set different temperatures for different times of day, saving energy when you’re away.
  • Clean your indoor vents and registers: This ensures even airflow throughout your home and improves air quality.

By following this checklist and taking proactive steps, you can avoid summer AC breakdowns, ensure your comfort, and potentially save money on energy bills.

Don’t let a surprise AC breakdown ruin your summer fun! If you’re feeling overwhelmed by this checklist or have any questions about your specific AC system, contact us today for a professional tune-up or consultation. Our experienced technicians are ready to help you beat the heat and stay cool all summer.