With summer just around the corner, if you haven't already done so, you'll want to wipe the dust off of your air conditioner and prep it for our Mid-Ohio cooling season. By taking the time to give your cooling equipment a little TLC and scheduling your annual air conditioner tune-up, you can rest assured that your system will run efficiently and effectively all summer long.
The annual maintenance of your cooling equipment ensures that your system will operate reliably and efficiently through its expected service life and perhaps longer. Regularly serviced air conditioners experience far fewer breakdowns, saving you the hassle and cost associated with repairs. Additionally, A/C maintenance will keep your system's warranty's valid. As such, it's smart to both take care of your system on your own, and sign up for an annual service agreement.
Three do-it-yourself air conditioner tune-up tips
There are a few things that you should do to get your air conditioner ready for the warm months ahead, such as:
- Check your air filter – Dirty filters are the most common reason for inefficiency and system breakdowns. If light is unable to pass through the filter, it needs to be cleaned or changed. Once you start using your air conditioner regularly, check the filter on a monthly basis.
- Attend to the outdoor condensing unit – Clear away all grass, leaves and debris from around the metal box that's located near your house. Should anything get caught in the unit's fins, it could significantly reduce system efficiency. Spray down the condenser occasionally throughout the summer.
- Clear your vents – Clear furniture, rugs, drapes and other obstructions away from your home's registers so that conditioned air can circulate freely throughout the house.
During professional maintenance, your HVAC professional should perform a number of tasks including:
- Verify correct refrigerant levels
- Inspect for refrigerant leaks
- Check for thermostat functionality
- Measure airflow through the evaporator coil
- Clean and tighten parts
- Lubricate Moving Parts
- Inspect electric terminals
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Mid-Ohio area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air conditioner tune-ups and other HVAC topics, visit our website.