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Tips for Preparing Your AC for Summer

You probably haven’t been getting much use out of your air conditioner lately, but that’s all about to change now that spring is here and summer is right around the corner. Because you haven’t used your AC for some time, you’ll want to prepare it for the summer season so that it will function properly and efficiently once you turn it on. The following are a few tips to prepare your AC for the summer:

  • Change the air filter – Your air filters need to be checked every month or two. Depending on the filter, you may only have to change it once every three months. However, since you probably can’t remember the last time you changed it, you should be sure to check it. If it’s clogged up, it will affect your air conditioner’s ability to distribute cool air efficiently.
  • Check all of your registers – Go around your home and make sure that none of your registers are blocked. You may also want to clean your registers if you notice a layer of dust. Thick layers of dust will affect your indoor air quality once you begin using your air conditioner and could obstruct the flow of air as well.
  • Remove covers – If you have a cover over your outdoor unit, make sure that you remove it and bring it inside. Forgetting to take it off can cause serious damage to the AC that could be very expensive to fix.
  • Clean the area around the outdoor unit – Make sure that nothing is blocking the outdoor unit, such as leaves and other debris. This will obstruct the flow of air, which will affect your ability to remove hot air from your home and to distribute cool air.
  • Check the condition of the drainage hose – Make sure that the drainage line is securely attached and in its proper place to make sure that your air conditioner can drain the condensate without any issues.
  • Inspect the refrigerant lines – The refrigerant lines should be covered with insulation so that they don’t lose energy. You’ll need to replace the insulation on the lines if it’s frayed or missing. If the lines themselves are damaged, you’ll need to have a professional come do repairs.
  • Check the electrical wiring – Do a thorough visual inspection of the electrical wiring leading to your outdoor unit. You won’t want to turn the air conditioner on if you notice any damage or wear.
  • Turn the air conditioner on – Once you’ve done a thorough inspection of your air conditioner, we recommend turning it on to see how it runs. It’s better to do this before summer hits. This way, if there are any issues with the way it runs, you can have it repaired right away and you won’t have to worry about your AC breaking down in the middle of summer.

Use these tips to prepare your AC for summer. Be sure to contact us online at Strive Heating & Cooling to schedule an AC repair service or an AC inspection today.

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