Spring Is Here—Is Your Air Conditioner Ready?
Warmer weather is on its way to Pennsylvania. As you pour your morning coffee, you’ll be able to watch robins hop across your lawn in search of worms. Crickets and spring peepers will create a soft ambiance in the evening.
Your air conditioner (AC) has been sitting all winter, and it’s about to take on a big job: keeping you cool throughout the summer. It needs to be in prime condition to avoid any unexpected breakdowns. That’s why the US Department of Energy (DOE) recommends scheduling a maintenance visit every spring.
To prepare your AC for the summer, here are a few things you can do on your own:
Clear the Area Around Your Outside Unit
The condenser coils are located in the outdoor unit. This is where the heat from your home gets removed from the refrigerant and blown away with a fan. You want to be sure this area stays clear. Clean off any dirt, debris, sticks, or leaves. Additionally, make sure you trim any nearby shrubs or foliage, leaving at least two feet of space around the box unit.
Seal and Insulate
You can reduce energy losses from your window frames using caulk, plastic film, or insulating curtains. You can also request an energy audit from your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) specialist to fix and detect leaks.
Install A New Air Filter
Air filters keep your air clean and protect your equipment from dust and debris. However, a clogged air filter can wreak havoc on your central air conditioning system. It stifles airflow, which leads to “patchy” cooling, poor indoor air quality, and eventually, mechanical breakdowns. Start summer off right with a fresh air filter, and replace it monthly.
If you’ve crossed the previous items off your spring cleaning list, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your HVAC specialist. Here are some of the critical tasks your technician will perform to restore the condition of your air conditioner:
Check the Refrigerant Levels
Refrigerant cycles from liquid to gas and back again. It pulls heat and humidity from the air to cool your home. However, it needs to be at the right level—too much or too little refrigerant can impair the cooling process. Undetected leaks are a common culprit. Your specialist will take measurements to ensure proper refrigerant levels so you’re set for summer.
Clear the Condensate Drain
Your air conditioner removes humidity from the air and turns it into water that goes down the condensate drain. This damp area invites mildew and mold, which can trigger allergies and other health issues. Additionally, a clogged drain can create water damage in your home. Your specialist will inspect and clean this area, making it pristine and restoring proper water flow.
Clean the Blower, Evaporator, and Condenser Coils
Like the condensate drain, the blower wheel is vulnerable to mold. It can also become chipped or bent, compromising air circulation. The evaporator and condenser coils can also become havens for dirt and debris, which can hinder their ability to regulate temperature. Your specialist will check and clean your air conditioner’s internal components and make mechanical tweaks where necessary.
Check Your Thermostat and Electrical Equipment
Electrical issues like frayed wiring and poor connections are all-too-common with air conditioners over time. Your specialist will test all connections and make adjustments where necessary. They will also check on your thermostat to be sure it’s programmed correctly and placed for optimal comfort.
Warm Weather Is Approaching—Reserve Your Spot Today!
All Seasons Comfort Control is proud to provide expert care to your heating and cooling equipment year-round. Call our Newtown, PA office today at 215-860-0111 to schedule your spring maintenance visit, or request service online.