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If you’ve been waiting for Mother Nature to really bring the heat, you’re not alone. A lot of people have yet to crank up their air conditioners, and are in need of summer air conditioner preparation. Air conditioners go through pretty much constant use for the entire summer season, and we all depend on our units to keep our homes cool and comfortable. This is why we’ve gathered some air conditioner preparation tips in case you haven’t quite yet prepared your unit for the season, and are going to turn it on soon.
There are a few things you can do yourself to prepare and maintain your air conditioner, but there are others that you’ll need to seek out professional service for so you don’t do any damage rather than make improvements during your air conditioner preparation.
You can certainly take care of switching or cleaning your air filters. They should be cleaned at least twice a year to ensure that your unit isn’t going to have to work extra hard and due to that, run inefficiently. Filters clogged with dirt recirculate dust throughout your home, which can cause a host of separate problems for you and your family.
You can also remove any accumulated debris around your unit. While your unit is powered off, you can use a vacuum and rag to remove debris that’s gathered and stuck around your air conditioner and wipe away grime from the fan blades.
Once you complete some of the basic maintenance, a professional can check the condenser coils, coolant lines, coil drainage, and replace or repair any damaged pipe insulation for your summer air conditioner preparation. They’ll be able to accurately assess if parts of your air conditioner have been damaged from use or from nature, and make any repairs and adjustments before your unit runs continuously for the summer season.
For example, a professional can examine the inside of your unit and deduce if your air conditioner’s foam insulation is intact. If it’s damaged, your home won’t receive all of the cooled air your unit is producing, and thus force it to work much harder to keep your home cool and comfortable. Your unit’s life expectancy is significantly decreased from such inefficiency, and an increase in utility bills will become apparent if this happens!
It’s important to bring in a professional, especially if you haven’t started your unit up in over a year, because they will be able to properly aid in air conditioner preparation and avoid any damage that might result if the unit isn’t handled properly.
Once everything has been checked, turn your unit on and ensure it’s running properly! On a hot day, power it up and make sure cool air is blowing into your home steadily.
Davenport-Campbell is pleased to offer air conditioner service and happy to answer any further questions you may have about air conditioner preparation. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be in touch to help as soon as possible!