Have you scheduled your professional maintenance appointment yet? With temperatures still relatively cool for now, it’s hard to imagine needing your air conditioner on a daily—if not hourly—basis any time soon. But summer will be here before you know it, and when it hits you want to be able to rely on the comfort provided by your cooling system, right?
Professional Maintenance Is the Answer
Professional maintenance allows our technicians to fully inspect your HVAC system, checking for signs of wear and tear, pending repair needs, parts that need adjusting, and components that need cleaning. By cleaning and adjusting the system, our technicians help it perform efficiently. By scheduling repairs early, you can avoid a sudden massive breakdown in the middle of summer.
But let’s say you’ve already had professional maintenance done a while back. Is there anything else you can or should do to make sure your air conditioner is prepped for summer? Well … yes, yes there is! Performing the following tasks on your own will ensure your air conditioner will perform as effectively and efficiently as it’s meant to.
Check Around Your Outside Unit
This is called your condenser unit, and it is housed with electrical connections and other system components. Throughout the cooler seasons, with storms and snowmelt, debris can accumulate around this unit. This might include things like small tree branches, dirt, lawn clippings, lawn mulch, leaves, and more.
Before you turn your air conditioner on for the first time this summer, it’s a good idea to take a look around and remove any of this debris you may find. This will help ensure proper airflow so you can rely on the efficiency you’re meant to.
Change the Air Filter
You know that filter that comes already equipped in your air conditioning and heating systems? It’s there for more than protecting your indoor air quality. In fact, protecting your indoor air quality isn’t even its main purpose. Rather, it’s function is to protect the interior components of your HVAC system from dust, dirt, and other debris that can impact its performance and hurt efficiency.
This air filter should be changed every 1–3 months—more often if you have significant contaminants in the home or if you have a basic air filter.
Clear Obstructions From Your Vents
Be sure to check that your supply and return air vents are open and free from obstructions. Debris can affect airflow, and if airflow is blocked then your HVAC system simply can’t perform efficiently. Cleaning and checking all your vents is a great best practice to follow at the start of each cooling season.
Run the System to Ensure Proper Operation
After you’ve gone through all the steps outlined above, wait for a warm day and turn your AC on! After a few minutes, you should feel cool air. If it’s lukewarm or you don’t feel air coming through the vents at all, then call a pro.
If your air conditioner is experiencing any issues at all or you suspect something is amiss, shut it off until our technicians can take a look. Running a malfunctioning air conditioner can end up doing more damage to the system, which can turn an easy fix into a costly emergency repair.
Professional maintenance is the best way to prevent problems such as sudden air conditioning repair in Aurora, CO. Contact Aurora Plumbing Company to schedule your next tune-up! And if you do have a repair need, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We have someone in your neighborhood today.