How to Prepare Your AC for Summer

Technician's bag on top of AC

The high heat of summer is on its way and following right behind is the high utility bills generated by your air conditioner. This might even be the year you need to do repairs to your air conditioner. Unwanted repairs are never a good thing, but luckily, you can avoid repairs and high energy bills. Here’s how to prepare your AC for summer.

Remove Cover and Clean

You likely covered your outdoor unit, or the condenser of your air conditioner, with a cover to protect it from debris during the fall and winter. If so, you’ll want to take that cover off before turning it on, or it won’t work properly and could even break.

Next, the condenser should be wiped down with a damp cloth, to remove any dust or dirt that has gathered on it. If you didn’t cover the unit over the winter this may be a much larger job, but it’s still very important. Any leaves or debris left on the condenser can damage it.

Change the Air Filter

The air filter captures dust, pet dander, and other airborne debris, preventing it from getting into the air conditioner where it could do damage. However, when filters get too full they restrict the proper flow of air through the air conditioner, which can also harm it. That’s why it’s wise to change the air filter just before the air conditioner gets turned back on every year. As a bonus, it’ll help to clean your air (though not nearly as well as a HEPA filter).

If you want to limit how often you need to change the filter on your air conditioner and furnace, consider installing a HEPA filter. They can significantly reduce the debris in the air, which is good for your health as well as the health of your HVAC equipment and don’t need to be changed as often.

Technician with AC tools

Get Professional Maintenance 

Lastly, before you start up your air conditioner, you should also get the professionals to inspect and clean it. They have the equipment to do a few things you can’t do at home. Here are a few of those things: 

  • Refrigerant: The pros can check the refrigerant levels to ensure your air conditioner will be able to create as much cold air as it needs to. 
  • Clean internal parts: It takes a professional to safely clean the inside of the unit. Doing so can help prevent breaks and repairs down the road. 
  • Notice problems: Experienced HVAC professionals will notice small problems with your air conditioner and fix them before they become more costly problems. 

As the days start to warm you may be considering turning on your AC unit. Make sure to contact the experts at Air Treatment ClimateCare to schedule your AC unit tune-up before you do.