Before the sweltering summer heat hits us in Arizona, it’s a good idea to make sure your air conditioner is ready to handle it. After all, the last thing you need on a hot summer day is a busted AC! Here are our recommendations on how to prepare your air conditioner.
Change Your Air Filters
We know homeowners sometimes forget to change air filters for their air conditioners. However, it’s incredibly important to remember to regularly change air filters. Aside from protecting the internal components of your AC from dust and debris, air filters also keep your indoor air quality comfortable and pleasant. When you change out your air filters, you’re improving your indoor air quality and helping keep your unit running efficiently.
Change your filter every three months so you can prevent excessive buildup of dirt, dust, and allergens. If you have pets, you may need to change them more frequently.
Clean and Inspect the Outdoor Unit
Once your air filters are changed, take some time to look over your outdoor unit. Dust, sticks, and other garden debris can build up around the condenser and you don’t want this to impact the efficiency or functionality. Without proper venting, the temperature could also get too high and cause problems. So make sure you clean up anything around or on your unit.
This is a good chance to inspect some other aspects of your unit as well. You should make sure the electrical setup looks good, that the fan also looks good, and that the coolant lines aren’t leaking and still have foam insulation covering them. If anything looks strange, call in an HVAC professional for help.
Optimizing the efficiency of your home can help keep your air conditioning running smoother this summer. It may sound complicated, but there are plenty of easy steps you can take. One is by checking around your home for drafty doors and windows. When you find a drafty spot, caulk around it. This provides better insulation, thus protecting your air conditioning unit from being overworked.
Your ductwork is also a place you can check to optimize efficiency. If any ductwork in your home is exposed, it’s time to get it insulated. This will help to keep cold air as cool as possible while it travels from your AC’s condenser unit and through your vents. Call a professional to inspect your ductwork and help insulate any empty spots.
Schedule Preventative Maintenance
Last but not least, you should schedule an appointment with an HVAC professional to get your air conditioner serviced. This is a thorough way to make sure everything is running as it should. A technician can get into the hard-to-reach places and spot things you can’t. If there’s any detection of damage or other issues, they can be quickly repaired to get your AC summer-ready.
Let Comfort World Air Conditioning & Heating Help You
If you wait till summer to make sure your AC is good to go, you could end up suffering some unnecessary discomfort. Schedule your air conditioning maintenance with us today! We’ve been bringing comfort to the valley for over 30 years, so you can count on us to get the job done right. Our highly trained technicians in Scottsdale, Arizona, want to bring a little more comfort to your world!