Ensuring You're Ready For Summer
Blog: Getting Your Air Conditioning Summer-Ready
Spring is next month, and for the Newcastle region, we all know that means the temperature is set to heat up. Preparing your air conditioner should be a top priority to ensure your indoor space remains cool and comfortable. Regular maintenance not only prolongs the lifespan of your unit but also helps you avoid unexpected breakdowns during the hottest days of the year.
- Clean and Replace Air Filters: One of the most fundamental tasks to ensure optimal performance from your air conditioner is to clean or replace the air filters. Over time, these filters accumulate dust, debris, and allergens, which restrict airflow and reduce the efficiency of the cooling process. Clogged filters not only make your AC work harder, but they can also lead to poorer indoor air quality, exacerbating allergies and respiratory issues.
Before the summer season starts, take a few minutes to inspect your air filters. If they are dirty or clogged, it’s time to clean or replace them. Disposable filters should typically be replaced every one to three months, while reusable ones can be cleaned according to the manufacturer’s instructions. By ensuring clean filters, your air conditioner can operate efficiently, providing cooler air and consuming less energy.
- Clear and Inspect the Outdoor Unit: The outdoor unit of your air conditioner plays a crucial role in releasing heat that is extracted from your indoor space. However, this unit is often exposed to the elements and can become clogged with dirt, leaves, and debris. An obstructed outdoor unit can hamper heat dissipation and force your AC to work harder, leading to higher energy bills and potential system malfunctions.
Make sure to inspect the outdoor unit and remove any debris or vegetation that might be blocking the airflow. Gently hose down the unit to remove dirt and dust buildup from its fins. Be cautious not to use excessive pressure, as this could damage the delicate fins. If you notice any bent fins, consider using a fin comb to straighten them, which will enhance the unit’s efficiency. Adequate clearance around the unit ensures efficient airflow, contributing to a cooler and cost-effective indoor environment.
- Schedule Professional Maintenance: While regular DIY maintenance is crucial, nothing can replace the expertise of an air conditioning technician. Scheduling an annual maintenance checkup before the summer season kicks in can identify potential issues and ensure your air conditioner is in top shape. At Warren Ward we will perform a thorough inspection of your system, checking refrigerant levels, electrical connections, and overall performance.
During the maintenance visit, the technician can also identify and address small problems before they escalate into costly repairs. Additionally, they can calibrate your thermostat for optimal performance and recommend any necessary upgrades to improve energy efficiency. Click the link to our air conditioning page, if you would like more information.
Taking the time to prepare your air conditioner for the summer is a wise investment that pays off in comfort, energy savings, and peace of mind. By following these three essential steps—cleaning or replacing air filters, clearing and inspecting the outdoor unit, and scheduling professional maintenance—you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a cool and comfortable indoor environment throughout the hottest months of the year. Stay cool, stay comfortable, and enjoy the summer to the fullest.