Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

May 09, 2016

With spring in progress and summer fast approaching, it’s time to set up all features of our lives for the warmer weather, and that includes our homes. It may not be time to utilize your air conditioner just yet, but you should still be considering how you will stay cool this season in Laurel. The best way to ensure that you will have a comfortable summer is by flipping on your system now, before it gets too humid and you realize that you need air conditioner service. Here are a couple of tips to guarantee that your system, and your house, is properly equipped for the heat:

Try it out now!

It really is better to give your system a test run sooner rather than later. You don’t want your air conditioner to fail on the warmest day of the year and make your home grossly warm. So, switching your thermostat to its cooling mode and letting it run, even for a few minutes, will be an excellent test that can save you a lot of future trouble. Make sure that cool air is moving into your home, and if it’s not, here are a few things to inspect before calling the professionals at H&C Heating and Cooling:

  • Make sure your system was set to cool. It’s a simple mistake and one that is made often, but if you haven’t switched your thermostat from the heat setting, cool air won’t be flowing. Simple problem, uncomplicated solution!
  • Check the unit outside. Reassess to see if there are any obstructions around your system, such as plants or dirt, that can jam your air flow and cool air production.
  • Change your filters. As always, this step is critical to improving the performance of your air conditioning system. With fresh and new filters, your cool air will be cleaner and it will create an easier environment for air to flow through.

Once you’ve tested things out – your system is adjusted to cool, and the unit and filters are clean – and you still aren’t feeling any cool air, it’s time to call in the specialists if there are problems. Routine air conditioner service should be on your radar this time of the year nonetheless, so now is the ideal time to inspect every feature of your system before the new season hits. The specialists at H&C Heating and Cooling will not only solve the current issue at hand, but they will also address any small likely issues that could turn into bigger difficulties later.

Chances are that if your home isn’t cooling without difficulty, your system might be deficient in refrigerant based on low levels or even a leak. If you observed that ice was establishing when you inspected your outdoor unit, that may be an sign that you need more refrigerant. Throughout an air conditioner maintenance check, our professionals can deal with any leaks in your lines or refrigerant shortages.

Everyone trusts their air conditioner to endure over the summer and it can be easy to overlook how important your system is to your summer ease. Don’t worry about your air conditioner shutting down and instead, be practical about testing and servicing your system before the heat wave strikes. If you have any questions about your system or want to set up that annual air conditioner service, call our experts at 301-960-3247 or set up an appointment with us online.