When the spring comes along, it may be too early for you to think about turning your air conditioning on. However, making sure your air conditioner is ready for the summer can help you avoid problems and costly repairs. Here are a few tasks to do before summertime; if you take care of them, you can be confident that your air conditioner will be ready when you need it:
Clear the Ground Around Your Air Conditioning Unit
If you haven't spent much time in your yard during the winter months, leaves, twigs and other debris may be too close to your air conditioning unit. Before using your air conditioner, you need to make sure that the area around your air conditioning unit is cleared out.
As the grass and bushes in your yard begin to grow, make sure that you're trimming them so that they aren't going to interfere with your cooling unit.
Check the Filters
Checking your filters is a task that is easy to forget. After all, as long as the air conditioning seems to be working, filters are assumed to be fine. However, clogged or torn filters can result in dirty air circulating around your home, which can affect allergies and other breathing problems. Not only that, but a clogged filter also makes the entire air conditioning system work harder. Over time, your system might fail prematurely as a result.
It's also a good idea to take a look at the ductwork inside your house. Checking your ductwork is particularly important if you have small children that might have pushed a few things into the registers when you weren't looking. Take the registers off and shine a flashlight into the ducts to see if you see any debris. It is also important to be sure that your furniture and rugs are not blocking airflow, so move them accordingly.
Don't forget to check any ducts in your attic or basement. In particular, check the insulation near where the ductwork enters your home. If the insulation is not sufficient, condensation is likely to form on the ducts and lead to dripping water, which may cause leaking ceilings. Being indoors on hot days without a working air conditioner can be uncomfortable, so be certain to use the tips in this article.
Talk to a professional HVAC contractor about more ways to ensure that your air conditioner will function well in the summer. If you have questions, contact a company like Hudson Hdwe Plumbing & Heating Inc. to learn more.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.