Turning on your air conditioner for the first time of the season can be exciting. It means that spring is finally here, and the nicest weather is upon us. However, remember these valuable tips before starting it up for the first time this spring to make sure your AC is running in top shape and can keep you cool all summer long.
Remember that spring usually means spring cleaning, and that applies to your air conditioner, too. When the weather changes, regular maintenance should be your top priority when it comes to your air.
Remember that your HVAC system just went through several of months of heating, so it could need some TLC to make sure it is working perfectly when you switch over to cooling. You want it to keep you comfortable, so make sure you keep it running properly.
In order to do that, you will need to get a tune up!
An air conditioning service technician will come out and check that all of the connections on your air conditioner are working right, and that the fluids are at optimum levels. The tech will also check the coils and the blower fan. The blower fan can become clogged with dust and stop working correctly, and the coils are prone to dust, too, which makes the air flow slow down. This means the air just never gets cold enough in your home.
Typically these tune ups are very affordable, and can save you money, headaches, and prevent costly repairs down the road.
Change Your Filter
Another important thing to check off that to do list is to change your furnace’s filter. The filter is typically changed once a month, so now is a good time to do it (and if you have forgotten for a month or two, now is a great time to do it!).
A dirty air filter actually keeps your unit from running efficiently, costing you more money in the long run.
Check the Age of Your Air Conditioner
If your air conditioner is over 15 years old, it may be time to replace it. Ask the technician when he comes out to do the tune up. Older systems do not run as efficiently, and cost effectively, as new units, and they are typically not as 'green', causing more strain on the environment. In the long run, replacing an old system can save you money.
Keep these tips in mind this spring as you get ready to turn that air conditioner back on! For complete service, repair and maintenance of your existing air conditioning unit, or to purchase a new system, contact the home heating and AC experts at Laird & Son today.