5 Ways to Prepare Your Air Conditioner For Summer

Courtney Martin   |   03 May 2018

With summer right around the corner, now is the perfect time to check up on the functionality of your air conditioning unit. Avoid facing the sweltering heat that accompanies a broken or inefficient cooling system by taking care of a few simple tasks. Read on to discover five ways you can best prepare your air conditioner for the hot summer months.

Change The Filter

Your home's air filter may be something that never crosses your mind...until you start experiencing cooling issues. Be sure to change out your air filter at least twice a year to keep your AC performing at its peak ability. If you have pets or allergies, it may be a good idea to change your filters more frequently. Check your filters periodically, and if you see dirt, it's time to replace them.

Check Outdoor Unit For Debris

After long fall and winter seasons, you will definitely want to check on your outdoor unit to ensure there are no leaves or other debris surrounding it. Trim back any nearby plants or weeds to further improve the free flow of air from your unit.

Check the Drain Line

While your AC is cooling, it is also removing humidity. This causes water to collect and then drain out from the AC unit's condensate drain. Before summer arrives, inspect your drain line by pouring a cup of water in the metal pan at the bottom of the unit. If the water drains from the pan, your drain line is functioning properly. If it remains in the pans, this means that your drain line is clogged, and you will need to schedule an appointment with an HVAC technician.

Check For Vent Obstacles

As the weather starts to heat up, take some time to walk around your home and inspect the vents. Make sure that furniture, plants, or other obstacles are not blocking airflow from the vents in order to maintain top efficiency for your AC system. Blockages will make your unit work harder, spend more energy, and cost you more on your electric bill. This is a simple step that can save time and money in the long-run.

Schedule Preventative Maintenance

Professional maintenance technicians can handle the preventative measures that you might not be equipped to take on. Schedule seasonal preventative maintenance, where technicians will complete tasks like cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils, ensuring your air conditioning system has the right refrigerant charge, and inspecting the electrical connections to your unit.

These five simple tips can save you time and money this summer by ensuring that your AC unit is performing in its best possible capacity. Call the professionals at AMS Property Solutions today to set up your consultation as you begin preparing for another South Carolina summer.

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