Getting Your Air Conditioner Ready For Summer
Unless you live in an area where the weather is warm year-round, you likely don't use your air conditioning all year. When it sits unused for a few months, you need to do a few things to get it ready for summer use, to make sure that it is going to keep you cool when you really need it. Generally, it is a good idea to start preparing your air conditioner for the summer in the spring, so you have plenty of time to take care of any repairs if necessary. Here are a few tips that will help you get your air conditioning system summer-ready.
Dirty filters are one of the main reasons why air conditioners don't provide enough cool air. If you have a removable filter, take it out and clean it with warm water and mild detergent, making sure to let it air dry before putting it back in the unit. If it is a disposable filter, simply change it as per the manufacturer's instructions.
Check the Installation
If you have a window air conditioner, or a through-the-wall model, check to make sure that the brackets are holding it firmly in place. Be sure to also check the vent to make sure that there is nothing to block the air flow. This will keep the air conditioning system from working properly, and you won't have cool air inside your home.
Check the Drainage
If you have a unit where there is a condenser outside, it is likely to get clogged after a lot of usage. Dirt will build up inside, and then the unit won't drain as it should. Eventually, this is going to lead to a buildup of mold and mildew, which is hazardous to your health. While you are at it, take a look at the drain pan, and remove any dirt or debris that may be in it. Look at the hoses, and if there any kinks, tears, etc., straighten them out or install new hoses (you can get hoses at your local hardware store).
Make Sure Replaceable Parts are Working Properly
In addition to hoses and filters, there are other replaceable parts on air conditioning systems that need to be properly maintained. These include extension panels, window kits, and remote controls. If there are any issues that you don't think you can fix yourself, contact an HVAC specialist (such as one from Elite Heating, Cooling and Plumbing) to do the repairs for you.