Spring has sprung and it won’t be long until summer arrives. This means that your air conditioning system will need to be ready to go on a moment’s notice.
We suggest you take a few minutes to perform some quick and easy maintenance steps. Below are three things you can do now to prepare your air conditioner for the long summer days that will be here before we know it.
Check Your Thermostat and Change the Batteries
The first step in getting your air conditioner ready for even warmer weather operation is to check the thermostat. Thermostats don’t fail particularly often, but you should inspect your device to ensure it can be programmed and is able to cycle through its settings.
If the thermostat display seems dim, check to see if changing the batteries helps. Many thermostats use AA or AAA batteries that fit in place right behind the thermostat cover; simply slide or ‘pop’ off the cover, then replace the batteries with new ones.
Another important task when readying your home’s central air conditioning system is changing the filter located in the return air duct. This filter is typically accessible without special tools, though a step ladder may be necessary to reach the filter and opening.
To change filters, remove the grate that covers the old filter and set it aside in a safe location. Next, pull the old filter out and toss it in the trash or recycling bin, as appropriate.
Insert a new filter into the gap and replace the grate. Make a habit of replacing the filter once a month while the system is in use, as dirty filters can lower efficiency and shorten the lifespan of your unit.
Clean the Area around the Condenser Coil
The condenser coil is located outside and is also called the outdoor unit, appropriately enough. You will need to clear away dead grass, leaves and any other materials that cover the condenser coil.
Debris will prevent the condenser coil from exchanging heat with the atmosphere, and your air conditioner won’t operate efficiently. In addition, too much debris could cause components to overwork and may even result in system damage.