The winter months are slowly dwindling, and warm days are approaching. As we prepare for warmer weather, it's important to prepare your A/C system for the season. Here are some things you can do in the spring before switching off the heater and turning up your air conditioner when the time is right.
First, you will want to check your outdoor unit before starting it up. If you cover your system during the winter months, now is the time to remove it and store it away before use. Failure to remove the cover will suffocate your system and prevent air from flowing at ease when it's turned on.
You should always check the air filter before using the A/C. Starting your system with a dirty filter can drastically reduce the efficiency of your system, making it hard for your system to circulate cold air, increasing your energy bills, and putting unnecessary stress on your system. You will also want to remove loose debris or barriers around your system. The best way to do this is by manually clearing any big objects around your system and using a low-pressure hose to remove any remaining debris. Taking these steps will improve the overall performance of your system.
Since your air conditioning system has been off for a couple of months, it is always good practice to check for any potential problems or repairs that may have grounded while your system was not in use. Tune-ups can help you uncover any potential issues before they become worse. Fixing any problems with your system within a decent time frame is vital to its lifespan, energy bills, and repair costs. Scheduling to get your system looked at before spring is here will give you time to fix any problems before turning on your AC system.
It is highly recommended by an HVAC professional to get on a maintenance program. Getting regular maintenance done will take care of basic needs, preventative maintenance, spot problems early on, and give you access to various discounts.
Completing these steps in the spring will keep your household comfortable year-round. The last thing you want is to constantly think about what could go wrong, or turn on your AC to stay cool on a hot day, only to realize that it doesn't work. Getting a head start in the spring will help you prevent discomfort and reduce the risk of breakdowns.