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Stay Chill This Summer With This DIY Air Conditioner Checklist

A Spring Time Air Conditioning Unit

Rejoice, spring has arrived!

As you thaw out from winter, your AC unit could use some attention before you’ll be depending on it to shelter you from the blistering heat this summer.

The busiest time of the year for HVAC specialists are June and July, so you’ll want to inspect your system in the spring in case you require the services of a professional.

As anyone who’s experienced an air conditioning related incident can tell you, having to endure days of an air-conditioner-less home during the peak of summer while you wait for an available specialist is rather unpleasant experience.

By following this checklist, you can get your system ready for summer and discover whether or not you’ll need to have a HVAC professional tune up your unit.

1. Clear away leaves, pollen and grass from your unit.

Spring is a great time to tidy up around your air conditioning unit. With the change of the season, you’ll notice that a good deal of debris has built up around and on top of your unit. Leaves, pollen and grass clippings should all be cleaned away. Allowing debris to build up on your unit could lead to problems in cooling down the line.

You’ll also want to ensure that to trim any shrubs or plants that have grown within a few feet of your unit. You want your unit to be easily accessible in case it requires maintenance during the summer.

2. Remove covers and coil blankets.

If you protected your unit with a plastic covering or blanket during the winter, pat yourself on the back. After you do that, make sure you go out to your unit and remove the covering. Leaving the covering on throughout the year is a common mistake made by homeowners and can cause severe damage to your system.

3. Repair or replace damaged pipe insulation.

You’ll want to take a look at the pipe insulation that leads into your home and see how it held up during the winter. Insulation can be damaged throughout the year by a variety of factors including the sunlight, humidity, animals, and particular to winter, by moisture and ice being trapped in the foam of the insulation.

If you notice damaged or missing insulation, it’s best to make the repair with your unit turned off. The insulation sizing measurements can be found on your piping.

4. Inspect the condensate line.

Now that you’ve taken care of your outside unit, it’s time to make some indoor inspections.

Over time, moisture and gunk can build up in your condensate hose and/or drain. You’ll want to inspect the drain to ensure there isn’t any clogging, as build up in the drain can lead to extensive water damage and flooding inside of your home.

5. Install a high-efficiency pleated air filter.

High-efficiency pleated air filters are your best bet when it comes to air filters. What enables pleated air filters to be so effective is that they feature a electrostatic charge that acts like a magnet, grabbing up the microscopic particles that sneak past your average air filter. Allergens and pollutants are far more common during the spring and summer than in the winter.

By sucking up those hard-to-catch particles, your HVAC system pumps out much cleaner air. As you transition from heat to cool this spring, it’s a great idea to install a pleated air filter. As the summer progresses, a good rule of thumb is to replace your filter every 90 days.

6. Turn on your AC

Once you’ve completed the checklist, it’s time for you to switch over your AC and see how it’s working. It’s best to wait for the first 70 degree day of the year to switch over your AC. Once you turn it on, give your system a few hours to cool down. Then, walk throughout your home and feel the vents to ensure your system is pushing out cool air and distributing it throughout your home.

How’d your inspection go? 

If you found anything concerning while you went through this checklist or if your AC wasn’t kicking out cool air, visit our air conditioner maintenance page to see a list of the maintenance services we provide and let us know how we can help.

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Stay Chill This Summer With This DIY Air Conditioner Checklist

A Spring Time Air Conditioning Unit

Rejoice, spring has arrived!

As you thaw out from winter, your AC unit could use some attention before you’ll be depending on it to shelter you from the blistering heat this summer.

The busiest time of the year for HVAC specialists are June and July, so you’ll want to inspect your system in the spring in case you require the services of a professional.

As anyone who’s experienced an air conditioning related incident can tell you, having to endure days of an air-conditioner-less home during the peak of summer while you wait for an available specialist is rather unpleasant experience.

By following this checklist, you can get your system ready for summer and discover whether or not you’ll need to have a HVAC professional tune up your unit.

1. Clear away leaves, pollen and grass from your unit.

Spring is a great time to tidy up around your air conditioning unit. With the change of the season, you’ll notice that a good deal of debris has built up around and on top of your unit. Leaves, pollen and grass clippings should all be cleaned away. Allowing debris to build up on your unit could lead to problems in cooling down the line.

You’ll also want to ensure that to trim any shrubs or plants that have grown within a few feet of your unit. You want your unit to be easily accessible in case it requires maintenance during the summer.

2. Remove covers and coil blankets.

If you protected your unit with a plastic covering or blanket during the winter, pat yourself on the back. After you do that, make sure you go out to your unit and remove the covering. Leaving the covering on throughout the year is a common mistake made by homeowners and can cause severe damage to your system.

3. Repair or replace damaged pipe insulation.

You’ll want to take a look at the pipe insulation that leads into your home and see how it held up during the winter. Insulation can be damaged throughout the year by a variety of factors including the sunlight, humidity, animals, and particular to winter, by moisture and ice being trapped in the foam of the insulation.

If you notice damaged or missing insulation, it’s best to make the repair with your unit turned off. The insulation sizing measurements can be found on your piping.

4. Inspect the condensate line.

Now that you’ve taken care of your outside unit, it’s time to make some indoor inspections.

Over time, moisture and gunk can build up in your condensate hose and/or drain. You’ll want to inspect the drain to ensure there isn’t any clogging, as build up in the drain can lead to extensive water damage and flooding inside of your home.

5. Install a high-efficiency pleated air filter.

High-efficiency pleated air filters are your best bet when it comes to air filters. What enables pleated air filters to be so effective is that they feature a electrostatic charge that acts like a magnet, grabbing up the microscopic particles that sneak past your average air filter. Allergens and pollutants are far more common during the spring and summer than in the winter.

By sucking up those hard-to-catch particles, your HVAC system pumps out much cleaner air. As you transition from heat to cool this spring, it’s a great idea to install a pleated air filter. As the summer progresses, a good rule of thumb is to replace your filter every 90 days.

6. Turn on your AC

Once you’ve completed the checklist, it’s time for you to switch over your AC and see how it’s working. It’s best to wait for the first 70 degree day of the year to switch over your AC. Once you turn it on, give your system a few hours to cool down. Then, walk throughout your home and feel the vents to ensure your system is pushing out cool air and distributing it throughout your home.

How’d your inspection go? 

If you found anything concerning while you went through this checklist or if your AC wasn’t kicking out cool air, visit our air conditioner maintenance page to see a list of the maintenance services we provide and let us know how we can help.

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