Summer is Coming
Summer is coming, and when an air conditioner sits idle for months, collecting leaves and debris, a bit of maintenance is often needed to get it running properly. Do this maintenance before summer arrives, so you don't end up waiting several hot days for someone to come out an look at it. If after performing these steps yourself you feel your A/C isn't running as well as it could, or you just don't feel confident doing these things yourself, give us a call and beat the summer rush!
Before we get too far along, it is important to know the basics of how your A/C operates. There are three main components; the condenser, which sits outside and manages the temperature of your coolant, the blower, which moves the cool air from the condenser around your home, and the duct work which carries the cool air to all of the different rooms. As long as the components are in good shape you should be able to enjoy cool air all summer long.
Some of the more sensitive parts, like the coolant lines, should probably be left to trusted professionals, but we do have a few tips for you to try before calling us in.
Change Your Filters
This is probably something you are already doing, but making sure you change your filters (every three to six months depending on your system) helps to make sure there are no obstructions in your system's air flow. Anytime the airflow is slowed or blocked your blower has chance of icing up. When this happens you can be left with a watery mess to clean up when the ice thaws, or if you are unlucky you could have costly repairs to get your A/C unit working again.
Keep the Outdoor Compressor Clean and Debris Free
The outdoor unit, or condenser, should always be free of anything blocking the equipment. Plant growth, debris, or grass clippings can clog and damage your unit, causing it to run less efficiently. Also make sure the fins around the outside are not so dirty air can not get into the unit. You can typically use a garden hose with a spray nozzle to wash most of this kind of dirt away. For heavier dirt or debris you can always get a commercial coil cleaner to spray on, or simply call your trusted HVAC Technican here at Reimer's to setup a service call.
Clean Your Indoor Ductwork
Because ductwork is hidden within ceilings and walls, a full cleaning of your duct work should be done by a professional. You can keep parts of your ductwork clean and dry by removing registers and inspecting and wiping the visible parts of the ducts. You can also inspect these parts of the ducts for wear or water damage.
Test Your A/C Unit
After you have made sure you have new filters, and have cleaned everything you can, the best way to know if your A/C is going to work this summer is to go ahead and test it! Even though it may not be hot out yet, go ahead and switch it on and let it run for several minutes. If cool air is blowing out of your vents you are in great shape. If the air flow seems too low, or the air is not cool enough go ahead and schedule a service call now, before it gets hot out!
Remember, while many of these steps can be easily performed by most homeowners, we don't require you to do any of these before you call us for service. Additionally, when in doubt, consult a professional!
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