Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

May 09, 2016

The weather is really getting hot outside. Have you checked to be sure you’re going to stay cool indoors? We may not have climbed to temperatures where we need to switch on the air conditioner just yet, but now’s the time to give your system a trial run. You could just find that you’re in need of air conditioner service. The hot days are almost here and we have a few tips for making sure your air conditioner is ready to keep you cool this season.

Test it Now

It’s best to try your system before you honestly need it. You don’t want to realize on the toastiest day of the year that your air conditioner isn’t working. Turn your thermostat to its cooling mode and let it run for a handful of minutes and check to make sure it’s blowing cool air. If it’s not, there are a handful of things you can check yourself before reaching out for air conditioner service.

The first and simplest thing to look at is to be sure you set your system to cool. It’s an easy mistake and a lot of people forget to flip it off the heat setting. If it is currently set to heat, turn it over and your problem just may be solved.

The next thing you can do is look at the unit outside and see if there is any debris around your AC. Dirt and debris may clog the air flow and diminish your system’s ability to create cool air.

As always, inspect and swap out your filters. It’s an easy step that might extend the life and efficiency of your system. Air flow is a large part of your cooling system and keeping your filter clean can improve your air flow.

Call the Professionals

Your system is set to cool, the unit has been cleaned and you’re still not getting cool air. It’s time to call in the professionals. Right now is the ideal time to schedule an appointment for routine air conditioner service. Your HVAC technician will identify any small problems that you have now that could potentially turn into big problems down the road.

If your home isn’t cooling well, it’s likely that your system is just low on refrigerant, which could indicate a leak. If you’ve seen ice forming on the inside of your outdoor unit, your system’s refrigerant may be running low. An air conditioning professional can charge that up and fix any leaks in your lines.

We know you rely on your air conditioner to get you through those hot summer days and you know you can always trust us to keep your system operating smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns about your system or just need to set up your appointment for annual air conditioner service, give us a call at 203-357-5913. Or if you’d rather, schedule an appointment with us using our handy online scheduler.