How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Spring
Your AC needs to be well-maintained, or else it may break down during the season when you rely on it most: the summer. While it’s essential that you get professional help, you should also try to be hands-on with maintenance. Start with these basic tasks.
Ensure Good Airflow
Several issues can prevent the air from circulating freely in your home: blocked vents, blocked registers, and a dirty filter. An expert should address the first issue, but it’s in the power of the average homeowner to fix the other two. Make sure that isn’t any furniture, for example, blocking the wall vents. In addition, make sure rugs are not covering the floor vents. As for the filter, it should be replaced on a regular basis (every three months, generally).
Clean the Compressor Unit
The compressor unit outside will have a harder time transferring heat out of your home if it’s dirty. You can prevent this, though, by gently watering down the grill with a hose and by brushing out the dirt, foliage, and other obstructions caught in your condenser coil.
Check the Thermostat’s Accuracy
Your AC may run just fine. However, a faulty thermostat may switch on and off at the wrong times. Compare a thermometer’s reading of the indoor temperature with your thermostat’s. If the two don’t agree, then your thermostat may be dirty or have loose wiring. These are two problems that you may fix on your own.
Check for Unusual Odors or Noises
Give the AC a test run before the cooling season starts. Doing this can help you take note of any musty odors or any loud banging, grinding, or gurgling noises that need to be addressed.
To prepare your HVAC unit for spring, you should schedule an appointment to have a professional perform a tune-up. Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc has more than 30 years of experience in the AC industry. Our technicians are NATE-certified and can maintain all makes and models of air conditioning units in Raceland. We also perform electrical repairs, install ceiling fans, and work on water heaters, among other things. Contact us today for a convenient appointment.