With spring right around the corner, even if it is not too hot outside right now, you need to start getting your air conditioning ready so that when it is time to turn on your air conditioning on the first hot day of the year, your AC is ready to keep you cool.
#1 Clean Off Your Unit
If you have an outside component of your air conditioning unit, you are going to want to clean it off. Use your garden hose to spray away all the dirt and dust that has settled on your unit during the off months. If vegetation is growing nearby, be sure to trim it back so that it doesn't interfere with your air conditioning unit.
You can use a screwdriver to get to the fins or blades inside of your unit. These can be sensitive, so don't spray these down with a hose. Instead, use a wet rag to wipe down the fins and blades and remove dirt. You can use some dish soap and warm water if necessary to get everything clean.
#2 Change Out The Filter
Second, you'll want to start off the new hot season with a new filter. The filter that you choose will help keep particulates such as dust and allergens out of your home. Try to choose a filter that will keep out the highest number of particles possible in order to ensure that your air is clean. Note on your calendar the date that you installed the air filter as well as the date in the future when you should change your filter. Most filters are designed to be used for a certain number of months before being cleaned or replaced; check the packaging on your new filter to see which is the case for that particular filter and mark on your calendar when it will need changed or cleaned so that you don't forget to change it out. A dirty air filter will impact the quality of the air you breath and will make it harder for your air conditioning to do its job.
#3 Check Duct Work
Third, get under your house or into your basement and check the duct work for your air conditioning unit. Make sure that anywhere there there is a joint, that the duct work is well sealed. If the tape on your ductwork around joints or bends looks like it is getting worn out, replaced it with some new electrical tape. If you find any areas where the duct work has become damaged, schedule to have the damaged section replaced right away before you really need to use your air conditioning unit.
#4 Do A Test Run
Finally, do a test run of your air conditioning before you really need to use it. Let it run for a full cycle or two. This will allow you to see if your air conditioning is still putting out cold air or if it is making an usual sounds. Doing this ahead of time will allow you to schedule an air conditioning repair person to come and fix your unit before the real busy season hits with the first wave of hot weather.
Follow the four tips above to ensure that your air conditioning unit will be ready for the first hot days of spring. Click here for more info.