How to Prepare Your Air Conditioning for the Summer

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As spring reaches an end, you'll likely stop using your furnace and will need to soon use your air conditioning system. You don't want to rush to turn on your AC until you've made sure that you're prepared to do so. There are some steps that you can take to make sure that your AC is ready to go for the hot months ahead. Keep reading to better understand how to prepare your air conditioning for the summer: 

Change Your Air Filter

If you haven't changed your air filter in some time, it probably needs to be replaced. If you keep using an older filter, it will be all filled up with dust and other debris. This is an easy step to take to make sure that you're breathing in clean air and that your unit is able to fun well. 

Check Your Ductwork

It's a smart idea to take a look at your home's ductwork to make sure there's no sign of damage or significant wear. Ductwork should also be sealed well so that your air is circulating properly. 

Check the Condenser Coils

Many people have their AC's condenser unit located outdoors. If you don't have a cover on your condenser unit, it will be easy for dirt, debris, and leaves to get int the coils. Now is a good time to take a look and clean out the coils if need be. If they are clogged up, the airflow will be obstructed. 

Test Your System

You'll want to test everything out to make sure that your AC is running properly. Turn the thermostat off for a bit and then turn on the air. Make note of how cool your home feels once the AC is running. If you notice and weird sounds, or other issues, take note so that you can talk to an HVAC professional and get help. If your air is not cool at all or if your system isn't running, you'll want to schedule an appointment with an HVAC professional. 

Contact an HVAC Professional for a Service 

Even if you've taken a look at your system and followed the above steps, it's always a smart idea to contact an HVAC professional for a service. They can make sure that all is well with your system and they can make recommendations so that your air conditioning system is able to run better.

Taking these steps can ensure that you're ready to use your air conditioning throughout the summer. If you do need ACr repairs or help with maintenance, reach out to residential air conditioning contractors.