Now that we’re well into summer, we all remember just how important a working air conditioning system can be. This is also when you most want to make sure your cooling system is working, to avoid any hot summer days where repair is needed. While it’s in use, this is a good time to have your air conditioning serviced with any necessary maintenance and inspected thoroughly. There are some items you can keep an eye on, and some where you will want a professional opinion. You can use this as a guide to make sure your AC system is ready to keep you cool all summer!
Homeowner Inspection Checklist
Some items can be easily seen or fixed by you as a homeowner. Below are easy steps to take to keep up your end of the air conditioning!
Check filters monthly: Because of the high use during summer, your filters may become easily clogged with contaminants. You should look at least once a month to determine if your filter needs replacing. If you have pets or allergies, more frequent changes may be necessary.
Reset your thermostat: If you have a smart or programmable thermostat, you may want to adjust the settings to fit summer hours and temperatures. The most efficient way to use your HVAC system in summer often differs from the winter version.
Clean your condenser: The outdoor component of your unit is vulnerable to clippings, leaves, twigs, and many other types of debris. Mowing your lawn in the summer often allows more grass to get into the system. Making sure to clear out anything near the outdoor unit will remove contaminants from the area.
Professional Inspection Checklist
During a preventative maintenance visit, your technician should thoroughly inspect your cooling system to ensure it is working properly. Some of the things they will be looking at may include:
- Thermostat inspection to ensure it is communicating properly with your unit
- Cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils
- Testing of refrigerant levels and adjustment if needed
- Testing of blower component and adjustment if needed
- Tightening of electrical connection
- Lubrication of moving parts to reduce friction
- Inspection of condensate drain and drain lines
- Check for system control accuracy and effectiveness
Some maintenance tasks will be done at every visit, simply to undo the wear and tear from use since your last set of tune-ups. This will also prevent any issues before they cause further damage. When a proper maintenance schedule is upheld, this inspection should be enough to stop any issues from occurring. However, if your technician does uncover something, they may recommend the appropriate course of action for repairs. These tasks also help keep your costs down by increasing system efficiency and improving overall performance.
If you have not had your cooling system inspected yet this summer, the team at Comfort Experts would love to send a professional to your home or commercial property to perform these checks on your behalf. We can also walk you through some of the things you can do in between visits to keep your air conditioning in great condition.