Summer is around the corner. There’s only one device that ensures your home can act as a safe haven from the season’s startlingly high temperatures: your air conditioner.
If you want to stay comfortable all summer long, you must do a number of things to ready your home’s air conditioning system. Follow these tips to ensure your home never reaches too-high temperatures during the year’s warmest season.
1. Understand Your Air Conditioner
Do you know how your air conditioning unit works? Central air conditioning systems have three main parts: the condenser, blower, and ductwork.
Your home’s air conditioning condenser is generally located behind your home or in the garage. A condenser is a large, box-shaped metal unit designed to regulate the thermal reading of your air conditioner’s refrigerant.
The refrigerant goes back and forth between the condenser and the house. The condenser pressurizes the refrigerant as it leaves the home and transforms it into a high-temperature liquid.
Once the refrigerant is transformed, it rushes back inside and enters the blower unit. As the newly liquefied refrigerant enters the blower, it’s changed into a cold gas. The gas is pushed through a coil where it cools and re-enters your home.
The cool air returns through air vents located throughout your home and migrates back to the condenser. Then, the cycle repeats itself.
You don’t have to understand every aspect of your air conditioning unit, but grasping a few basics will help you sense how important it is to carry out the following steps before, during, and after using your air conditioning unit every summer season.
2. Check for Water Damage
If the weather has already started to warm but you haven’t yet used your home’s air conditioning unit, you should inspect the unit before starting it up for the season. Warm air that passes over the cooling coil of your air conditioner may cause condensation.
Some units have drains or pans located beneath the unit to flush away unwanted water. If your unit has a pan or pump system, make sure all of those devices work properly. Malfunctioning drains, pipes, pans, or pumps may cause water damage and disrupt the flow of your air conditioning unit.
As summer goes on, check for water damage every few weeks. If you see anything out of the ordinary or notice your unit acting up, contact your local professional HVAC technician immediately.
3. Inspect Filters
If you want to keep the air flowing in your home, it’s important to inspect the filter before switching on the unit. The filter is generally located at the blower unit-where the return duct meets the condenser unitand commonly becomes clogged, which leads to increased energy consumption, frozen evaporator coils, inadequate cooling, and unhealthy air.
Unsure what a functioning air filter is supposed to look like? Meet with an HVAC technician to discuss your needs and determine a suitable air filter replacement schedule.
4. Don’t Obstruct the Outdoor Unit
Your outside condenser is a vital component of your central air conditioning system. However, the outside condenser requires enough space to function properly, and if it gets clogged, it won’t run effectively or efficiently. To help your outdoor unit do its job this summer, clear the space around it and remove all nearby debris, including trash, plants, or leaves.
Don’t let a malfunctioning air conditioner disrupt your summer vacation. Instead, kick-start the warm summer months by ensuring your air conditioning unit runs properly.
If you come across a problem while inspecting your unit, don’t hesitate to contact your local HVAC professionals. We know how to address your needs and will find the right solution for your home and air conditioner-allowing you to live in comfort all summer long.