Summer heat is coming! Before the temperatures begin to climb, it’s a great time to prepare your AC unit for the summer months ahead. A little proactive maintenance on your cooling system will ensure you can enjoy the summer heat knowing that cool comfort awaits inside.
There are a lot of benefits that come with being prepared. When your AC unit is in tip-top shape, it will run more efficiently, cool more evenly, and you might save a lot of money on your energy bills.
Plus, you won’t have to deal with costly emergency service calls or have to endure a scorching Las Vegas summer day while you wait for the work to get done.
Of course, if you are okay with doing some minor upkeep yourself, there are a few things you can do to get a jump on things:
Change your filters
Your AC filters should be changed regularly to ensure good air quality and to keep your system running at its peak. Every system and filter have their own recommendations but swapping your old filters out for new ones twice a year (between seasons) is a good rule of thumb.
Clean the condenser coils and the area around your unit
If you have central air, your unit is likely located outside your home. If it is a large commercial unit, it might be on the roof of your building. During the year, the unit and the condenser coils inside can clog up with leaves, dirt, and debris resulting in reduced efficiency.
If branches, dirt, and leaves have collected around your unit, clear them away completely. Be sure to remove any plants, weeds, or vines that may obstruct the natural airflow. If you don’t feel comfortable opening up the unit to clean the condenser coils, call AC Plus, and we’ll be happy to help.
Check your coolant and drainage lines
Do a visual check of all lines to ensure they are connected tightly and in good condition. Even a small leak can affect how your AC unit runs. If you find any loose lines, reconnect them. If you see any visible damage, call your HVAC technician right away, and do not turn on your unit until the issue is resolved.
Test out your unit
Turning your AC unit on is the last step in the chain. Set the thermostat to a couple of degrees below room temperature. The cooling system should come on automatically. Let it run for a few minutes to see if it is cooling efficiently. If you hear any unusual noises, smell any unpleasant smells, if the unit is blowing dust, or if it isn’t reaching the desired temperature, shut everything down and call AC Plus right away.
Another advantage of scheduling your seasonal AC system service early in the season is that technicians won’t be quite as busy as they will be when the heat waves start to roll in. Call to schedule your springtime AC maintenance service today and find out why we are Las Vegas’ favorite HVAC technicians.