Taking a few minutes to prepare your cooling system for spring and summer is a very smart move. With just a little bit of effort, you can help make sure your unit is up and running, at the ready for the hot summer months. Giving your system a little check-up and quick clean can prevent any unpleasant surprises when you go to use the air conditioning for the first time on a warm day. After all, that isn’t when you want to find out you have an issue!
Although in-depth service and maintenance may be best left to a professional, there are a number of things you can do each year in the spring to make sure your unit is running well. Below, the team at CJS Heating and Air shares some tips for taking care of your air conditioning as a homeowner.
Clean your unit
Homeowners should feel free to call a company out for any deep cleanings, but there are some general upkeep things that you can do yourself to clean up the unit and make sure it is positioned to run effectively when you need it.
Outside condenser unit
First of all, check outside and do a quick cleanup around your system’s condenser unit. Remove any obvious debris from the area, and make sure the unit has some space around it to breathe. Cut back any bushes or branches that are growing close, and rake out any sticks, leaves, or other materials that have built up over the winter months. This shouldn’t take too long, but it can help your unit function properly.
Inside AC unit
Once again, this doesn’t have to be super in-depth, but a quick cleaning of the AC unit itself is a good step to take. A brief dusting should help keep particles from being sucked into the system and clogging up the vents. Also take a quick look around and make sure that there is some room around the unit, with nothing that might fall or get pushed up against it accidentally.
Test your cooling system
It may seem counterproductive to run the air conditioning before it gets hot, but testing your unit prior to those really warm days is a great way to make sure everything is working properly after a long winter. Choose a day when it won’t be a problem to run the unit for a while, and set the temperature on your thermostat so it kicks on the air conditioning. Just monitor the sounds and cycles a little and make sure that everything sounds good, and that the thermostat temperature is working properly. If you find something is off, there’s time to get it fixed before the real heat comes.
Consider professional service
It is definitely a good idea to hire a company to come in and prepare your air conditioning unit for the season. Heating and cooling companies can do more in-depth maintenance and tune things up for you to make sure there are no potential issues cropping up with your unit. Here in Columbus, OH, call CJS Heating and Air to ensure you’ll have cool air when it’s warm.
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