If you live in Mabank, TX, you understand that having properly working air conditioning is a necessity. After all, having functional air conditioning when the average high temperature hits 95℉ in August is the only thing that’s going to keep you truly cool and comfortable!
It’s worth noting that performing preventative AC maintenance can go a long way toward ensuring you and your family can have air conditioning when you need it most. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to get your air conditioner ready for the summer. This article will cover how to prepare your air conditioner so it serves you well this summer and beyond.
Change your air filters
One of the more basic and simple forms of AC maintenance, it’s recommended that you change your filters at least every three months, but you could do it every month for extra cleanliness, or if you have pets in your home or suffer from allergies or other respiratory ailments. Clean filters are better for not only the health of your air conditioner, but for you and your family’s health as well.
Clean the condenser coils on the outdoor unit
Chances are, your air conditioner’s outdoor unit has been sitting dormant outside your home all winter. It’s recommended that you cover it during the chillier months when it’s not in use, but if you forgot to do this last fall, you’ll want to clean out the condenser and its coils. To do this, you’ll first want to turn off the power. Then you should make sure there’s no debris on or around the fan.
Without touching any of the connecting wires or bending the fan’s fins, you can open your air conditioning unit’s box and take a can of compressed air, a soft refrigerator coil brush or a soft cloth and gently clean the unit’s coils. Clean from the inside and the outside, and make sure any debris goes out the same way it came in.
Inspect the coolant lines
You’ll notice foam-covered tubes that run to and from the condenser outside. The foam is used as insulation, and because it’s exposed to the elements, sometimes it frays or falls off. Your air conditioner will run much more efficiently if the coolant lines are insulated, and you should replace any worn or missing insulation with foam insulation sleeves or foam insulation tape.
Test your thermostat
Another way to get your air conditioner ready for the summer is to test your thermostat for smooth operation. Try changing the temperature in your home and see if the thermostat responds accordingly. If you’re unhappy with its performance and you don’t already have one, consider installing a programmable thermostat.
A programmable thermostat can help you save energy and increase your comfort level because it can turn the air on and off at preset times. Most newer thermostats even offer remote access so you can turn on the AC before you get home from work or come in from a hot day outside.
Call for an air conditioning tune-up today
While there are steps you can take on your own, the best way to prepare your air conditioner for this summer is to call an HVAC professional. That’s where we come in. Give us a call at Ken’s Comfort Zone Air Conditioning and we’ll inspect and repair your air conditioner. We’re the local HVAC experts with the knowledge and experience to ensure you and your family stay cool this summer.
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