Getting your AC ready for spring
As warmer weather approaches, it is important to prepare your air conditioning system. Taking a few simple steps can make sure it is in good working order before you are in desperate need of cool air – only to find that it has stopped working or has an issue that needs to be fixed.
HomeServe of New York offers a few simple tips to get your AC ready for spring:
- Change your filters. Clogged filters can compromise the efficiency of your air conditioner, causing undue increases in your electric bill, reducing its ability to cool your home and even leading to an early breakdown by overworking the unit. Ideally, you should check your filters monthly and should change them when they’re dirty. Most AC filters need to be changed several times a year.
- Clear debris from your outside unit. Your air conditioning system’s outdoor condenser unit can be a prime location for foliage and other debris to collect. You should be able to remove large objects from around the unit and clean it off with a hose to remove dirt, dust and other debris. Make sure that you have at least 2 feet of open space around the condenser.
- Turn your air conditioner on. This step may seem overly simple, but it is actually an important part of preparing for warm weather. You may not have used your AC in quite some time, and you want to be sure it starts up properly and is outputting cool air. Turn it on and give it time to start up fully. Crank it up and make sure it actually cools your home.
- Schedule a tune-up with a trained technician. We recommend having an experienced technician inspect and maintain your heating and cooling system at least once a year, to make sure it is in proper working order. During a tune-up, your technician will make sure every component is clean and working properly. Minor issues can be resolved before they become major problems, and you can actually extend the life expectancy of your AC system as well as improve its energy efficiency.