Summer will be here in a few months. It's time to start getting your to-do list together. If you haven't put your air conditioner on the list, now's the time to get it added. By the time summer arrives, your air conditioner will have sat dormant for quite a few months. Don't wait until the last minute. Here are four steps you'll need to take to avoid problems with your air conditioner next summer.
1. Clean the Filter Compartment
Your air conditioner hasn't been used for several months, but your heater probably has. If you've been keeping up on the basic maintenance, you will have probably changed the filter a few times during the winter and fall. However, you probably haven't cleaned the filter compartment, which means it's filled with dirt, dust and allergens. It might even be filled with pest droppings. To make sure those allergens don't get filtered back through your home when you turn the air conditioner on this summer, be sure to clean your filter compartment before replacing your filter for the summer.
2. Test Your Ducts for Leaks
If you haven't had your ducts tested for leaks in a while, or you've never had that service performed, be sure to schedule a test with your HVAC company. Gaps or cracks in the ducts can interfere with your air conditioners energy efficiency. When your HVAC company conducts a pressure test on your ducts, they'll be able to identify problems that will need to be resolved.
3. Check the Electrical Connections
If you're like most people, you don't give your air conditioner a second thought during the winter. You may cover the unit to prevent dirt and moisture problems, but that's about it. Unfortunately, while your air conditioner is sitting dormant, pests may be destroying the electrical components. Before you start using your air conditioner this summer, be sure to have the electrical components tested and inspected for damage. During the inspection, your fuses, circuit breakers and wires should all be inspected. Worn circuit breakers or damaged wires should be replaced as soon as possible.
4. Recharge the Refrigerant
If you want to make sure that your air conditioner is able to keep you cool next summer, be sure to have the refrigerant recharged during your service call. Without the proper refrigerant levels, your air conditioner will work less efficiently, and may wear out before its time.
Contact an AC repair service for more help.