AC Spring Cleaning: Three Steps to Ensure Your Air Conditioner Is Ready for a Hot Summer

With temperatures on the rise during the summer, you want to make sure your AC is ready for the heat. Before you get ready to turn the air conditioner on, there are some maintenance tasks that you will need to do. If you winterized your system, you will need to remove covers and prepare it again for use. It is also a good idea to check for any problems before you get ready to turn the system on. Here are some AC tips to help ensure that your system is ready for a hot summer:

1. Clean Out the Heat Pump Unit of Any Debris 

Even if you have winterized your system, it is possible that the heat pump is dirty. You can be sure that it is dirty if you did nothing to maintain it in the fall. You can use a garden hose to remove any debris such as leaves and dirt on the unit. Make sure that all the parts are free of anything that can cause damage, like dead rodents. After you do this, also check to make sure the main power supply is on—but let the unit dry out first. The power main will be a small electrical box near the unit with a breaker switch.

2. Clean Out the Ducts and Check All the Vents

Cleaning out the ducts and checking the vents is another task that you will need to do. Make sure that the ducts are free of dust, which you may want to have a duct cleaning service do for you. In addition, check to make sure all vents and returns are open, which will ensure that your system has good airflow.

3. Change the Filter and Check to See If Mechanicals Are In Working Order

It is also important to change the air filter before you turn your AC on. This is because during the winter months, the filter can still become clogged. Stopped-up filters will restrict the airflow of the system. When changing the filter, it is also a good idea to inspect the AC for any mechanical problems. Look for damaged wires, air leaks in ducts, and other problems that can be repaired before you start using your cooling.

These are some AC tips that will help you prepare your air conditioning for a long summer. If you need help with maintenance and repairs to your system, contact an HVAC contractor and have them inspect your system and prepare it for the summer. On the other hand, if you need a whole new HVAC installation, the contractor will be able to help you with that as well.