The chilly winter weather won't last forever. When it finally gives way to warmer weather, you'll want to have your A/C system ready to tackle the heat. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your unit for spring and summer service:
Change the Air Filter
Although it goes without saying that you should change your A/C system's air filter on a regular basis, many homeowners still forget this basic step. Many assume that a dormant system doesn't need frequent changes, but it can foster an attitude that could lead to overall neglect. Air filters should be changed at least once every 3 months, although experts recommend once-a-month air filter replacements for better system performance and improved indoor air quality.
Consider Installing a Programmable Thermostat
If you haven't done so already, now is the time to consider replacing your current thermostat with a programmable model. A programmable thermostat allows you to select specific temperatures for certain times of day throughout each day. In addition to the tremendous cooling comfort it offers, a well-programmed thermostat could help you save hundreds of dollars on your cooling costs each season.
Remove Dust and Debris from Fans
Dust and debris have a way of interfering with your A/C system's performance. For starters, dirty fans can disrupt proper airflow, making it more difficult for your system to distribute cool air throughout your home. It can also make your blower fan motor work unnecessarily harder, creating unneeded wear and tear on the unit. It's always a good idea to vacuum or wipe off any dust or debris you find on the blower fan housing, fan blades and surrounding ductwork.
Have a Technician Check for Leaks
A refrigerant leak that's left undetected throughout the winter can wreak havoc on your A/C system when it's started for the spring. However, it can be a bit difficult for the average homeowner to spot refrigerant leaks, which is why you should have your HVAC technician take a look. Your technician will use a variety of leak detection methods to spot potential refrigerant leaks and make repairs as needed.
Uncover Your A/C System When Spring Draws Near
If you've had your A/C system covered throughout the winter, the early spring weeks are a good time to uncover and clean it. Start by removing any debris or vegetation that may have accumulated around the outdoor cabinet during the unit's dormancy. Check the cabinet's condenser coil for any signs of dust, dirt or debris and clean as needed.
For more information and tips, contact professional air conditioning services.