Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

May 09, 2016

The weather is really getting warm outside. Have you checked to ensure you’re going to stay cool indoors? We may not have reached temperatures where we need to turn 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 the next few months.

Test it Now

It’s best to test your system before you really need it. You don’t want to realize on the warmest day of the year that your air conditioner isn’t working. Set your thermostat to its cooling mode and let it work for a couple minutes and check to be sure it’s blowing cool air. If it’s not, there are a couple things you can check yourself before reaching out for air conditioner service.

The first and simplest thing to inspect is to ensure you set your system to cool. It’s an honest mistake and a lot of people forget to switch it off the heat setting. If it is currently set to heat, flip it over and your problem just may be taken care of.

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 might clog the air flow and impact your system’s ability to generate cool air.

As always, check and switch out your filters. It’s an easy step that could extend the life and efficiency of your system. Air flow is a key part of your cooling system and keeping your filter clean can maximize your air flow.

Call the Professionals

Your air conditioner is set to cool, the unit has been cleaned and you’re still not generating cool air. It’s time to call in the experts. Right now is the ideal time to arrange an appointment for routine air conditioner service. Your HVAC technician will identify any small problems that you have now that might potentially turn into big problems later.

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

We know you trust your air conditioner to get you through those hot summer days and you know you can always rely on 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 regular air conditioner service, give us a call at 540-369-3790. Or if you’d rather, set up an appointment with us using our handy online scheduler.