4 Tips to Get Your AC Ready for Summer!
Summer is officially here and we’ve already had days that made us fall even more in love with our AC unit. But, with the heat we are also getting lots of calls of AC units kicking off before many of us even had the chance to go and make sure they were ready. So, we wanted to provide a few helpful tips to make sure your outdoor unit is prepared to be working all summer long. These tips will aslo help with energy efficiency and even cost savings.
NOTE: Before you even think doing any work on your system, make sure to turn off the power source by turning the breaker off to the unit and by turning off the thermostat.
#1 AIR FILTERS – They don’t change themselves
Did you know you’re supposed to change your indoor air filter every 90 days? Some sources recommend doing this every month! Not only is this necessary to keep your HVAC unit running smoothly and efficiently, but it’s also prevents dust, airborne bacteria, and viruses from spreading.
A dirty air filter makes it difficult for your HVAC system to run efficiently. Like us trying to breathe through a straw, a dirty air filter prevents air from flowing through freely. A clean air filter can be like a breath of fresh air (literally!) for both your HVAC system and more importantly, you!
#2 CHECK THE DUCTWORK – Nothing a little duct-tape can’t fix, am I right?
Well no. But checking the ductwork in your basement or crawl space can’t hurt. As long as the air is flowing through the vents, you’re most likely doing fine, but it never hurts to check and make sure there are no leaks or holes in the ductwork. Also, it may be time for a duct cleaning if:
- Bad odor coming from the vents
- Debris, hair, dander, rabbit nest, dead squirells, et.c in the duct line
- Recent renovation
- Visible mold
#3 CLEAN THE CONDENSER COILS
The condenser is the part of the HVAC unit that is usually located outside of the house, so as you could imagine, like the gutters and downspouts on our house, the condenser can get clogged and filled with leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, and your neighbors lost soccer ball. This will need to be cleaned.
Remember, turn off the power to the unit before doing anything with it!
To clean the coils, you’ll need to remove the side and top panels or protective grilles from the condenser unit, simply using a screwdriver. Just unscrew the side panels and pull them away from the unit, and then lift off the top, which may be heavy due to the weight of the fan attached to it. Don’t tug any of the wires connected to the fan!
After brushing the debris loose and cleaning from the outside, you can use a shopvac to clean the fallen debris on the inside as well. Sometimes CAREFULLY using a hose to spray the coils clean will work too. Be careful to not bend the fins, and to not get any water on the fan motor or electrical equipment!
While cleaning the coils, this is also an excellent time to clean out the debris that’s inside the condenser.
#4 CHECK THE COOLANT LINES
The coolant lines are the “refrigerant” pipes or tubes that run from the air handler. These should be insulated or covered with foam spray or insulation sleeves. This is to prevent any energy from being lost. If these are weathered, eroded, or worn down, this can easily be fixed using the insulation sleeves or wrap purchased at your local hardware and appliances store. To do this just use a utility knife to get the correct fit and wrap it around the tube or pipe, using duct tape to secure it on.
These steps are an excellent way to be sure you are prepared to face the heat this summer.
CONTACT THE COMFORT CONSULTANTS