The mercury is climbing, the sun is shining, and it’s finally starting to feel a bit more like spring in our next of the woods. With the warmer weather, we will soon be cranking up our air conditioners for the first time of the season. Even if you performed proper maintenance when shutting down your cooling system at the end of last fall, it’s still important to tackle a couple tasks before firing it up for the first time this spring. Check out these three things you need to do to get your AC ready for spring and summer.
Remove Debris from the Outside Unit
Use one of these nice sunny days to go outside and clean up around your air conditioner’s outside unit. Known as the condenser, this vital part of your cooling system nears proper airflow. And it can’t get that if there is a bunch of debris gathered around it. Clear at least two feet of space on all sides of the condenser. Remove toys, shrubs, branches, wood piles, etc. Rake away leaves as well to prevent them from getting sucked into the system. You may also want to use the condenser down with your garden hose to remove dirt, pollen and leaves. This helps ensure that your cooling system will run at peak efficiency.
Replace Your Filter
Clogged filters restrict airflow through the blower unit and can cause the cooling coil to freeze up. Ideally, you should check your filters monthly and replace them as needed. But if you haven’t replaced yours recently, spring is definitely a good time to do so.
Schedule an AC Tune-Up
Just like your car needs basic maintenance to run like it should, your AC needs some TLC to keep it operating at peak efficiency. We recommend having your air conditioner tuned up by a professional annually. In addition to ensuring maximum efficiency, tune-ups prevent premature system failure and can help you avoid costly repairs.
Don’t wait until the last minute to get your air conditioner tuned up. For AC tune-ups in Hagerstown, contact the HVAC pros at Larry & Sons today!