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How To Prepare My Air Conditioner For Spring and Summer

How To Prepare My Air Conditioner For Spring and Summer

The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and the weather is warming up. Amidst the sunshine and pleasant temperatures, it’s time to start thinking about using your air conditioner.

You likely haven’t turned on your air conditioner since last year. So, your HVAC system and your home’s air quality will benefit from a few simple maintenance tasks. By preparing your air conditioner for the warm months to come, you can sail through spring and summer with a cool, comfortable home.  

Remove Covers From Your AC Unit.

Many Colorado homeowners shield their outdoor air conditioning coils from the elements during the winter with protective covers. Covers keep the coil insulated protected against snow, rain, and wind. However, starting up your air conditioner with a cover still in place will hinder any transfer of heat, which is essential for AC units to function properly. So, make sure to remove covers before the start of the air conditioner season to avoid damage to your unit. 

Check The Outdoor Unit Panels.

Outdoor AC unit panels are important for the safety of your home and AC unit. During severe winter weather, especially in high winds, it’s possible for these panels to get blown out of position. 

Before you switch on your unit, check that all of your unit panels are secured in place. If you have a problem with a panel or have lost one, contact your local air conditioner repair team. 

Clean Your AC Unit.

Cleaning is one of the most important maintenance tasks to perform for your AC unit. By cleaning out any dirt and debris that accumulated in and around your air conditioner while it wasn’t in use, you’ll boost its efficiency. 

The Surrounding Area

Thoroughly clean the area around your outdoor air conditioning unit. Debris that’s close to your AC could easily get blown into the unit and compromise its ability to function. Also, check the area for grass, weeds, pine needles, and leaves, which could encourage pests to settle in around your unit. It’s best to get rid of all outdoor debris around your unit so that it can operate as seamlessly as possible. 

The Supply Vents and Return Grills

Debris may also get caught in your unit’s supply vents and return grills. Check these components and clean them out thoroughly. A vacuum will usually work well for this maintenance task. 

Inspect The Insulation For Damage.

The insulation around the pipes in your AC unit is crucial to its ability to cool your home. Proper insulation is also important to preserve the energy-efficiency of your home AC unit. So, check the pipe insulation for damage. If a replacement is needed, get it taken care of before turning your unit on for the season.  

Replace Air Filters. 

Now, before you turn your air conditioner on for the months ahead, it’s wise to replace your air filters. The filter likely accumulated debris during the winter months. So, starting off the spring and summer with a clean filter will benefit your entire home. 

Do A Test Run. 

Now, after completing these maintenance tasks, you can turn your air conditioner on to make sure that it’s functioning. After turning the unit on, you should make sure that cool air is coming through your indoor vents. If cool air is still not coming in through the vents after a few minutes, turn the unit off. At this point, it’s a good idea to call your local HVAC team to take a look at your unit. 

Contact Your Local HVAC Experts For An Inspection

If you want to avoid a DIY inspection altogether, you can simply contact your local HVAC experts. An HVAC technician can take a look at your air conditioner before you turn in on for the season and address any underlying issues. With their expertise, a technician can catch potential problems that you may not have noticed. By fixing these problems now, before the height of air conditioning season, you can avoid more costly repairs down the line. 

Enlisting the help of an HVAC technician will save you considerable time and effort. Plus, after a professional inspection, you can have confidence in the fact that your air conditioner is ready to go for the spring and summer.

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