Temperatures are rising across the country, which means you’ll likely be turning on your air conditioner for the first time in 2015 within the next couple of months. However, there are a few things that should be done before you start regularly using your cooling unit. The last thing you want is for your air conditioner to not work properly, or at all, on the first day you need it. Take advantage of the following tips to ensure your air conditioner is in top shape.
Cleaning the filers in your air conditioner at least twice as year is highly recommended. Sometimes, you may even need to replace a filter entirely. The filters in your air conditioner have most likely gathered dust all winter long, so right now is the optimal time to either clean or replace them.
Another important thing to do is to clean your air conditioner’s condenser. This is usually located outdoors in the central unit, and it is the large fan that is typically covered by metal bars. Odds are this condenser is full of leaves, debris, dirt, and other particles that have collected throughout the fall and winter. If this debris isn’t removed, the air conditioner won’t be able to run at optimal efficiency, and it could even cause damage to the entire system.
Finally, you should inspect the coolant lines that connect the condenser with the evaporator. Occasionally, you may notice pieces of insulation missing from the lines. This insulation needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
By following these steps, you can ensure your air conditioning system runs smoothly throughout the entire season and for many years to come.