Spring has finally sprung, and the warm weather will be here before you know it. During this transition between seasons, it’s important that you give your air conditioner a little TLC to help prepare it for consistent use after its long winter’s nap. You should always have your AC professionally serviced before it gets hot, but there are a few things you can do on your own as well. Here are some tips to prepare your AC for spring:
Inspect your AC
Before you start your AC right up, there are a few things that you should do. You can start by removing the cover and taking a peek at the outdoor unit’s panel. It’s designed to keep the electrical connections safe and hidden, so it needs to be in place to protect both you and the system. If you see any loose or broken connections, stop messing with it and call a professional.
Look for Damages
Look for any obvious signs of damage or wear and tear. For instance, the suction line is a large copper pipe on the outdoor unit that provides a refrigerant to the compressor. If the suction pipe has damaged insulation, there could be a loss of coolant to the outdoor unit. If you can see any areas of concern, call Streamline to have it inspected and serviced.
Remove Built-Up Debris
Any system with an outdoor component should be kept clean and free of debris. be sure to remove any dirt or leaves that may have built up as well. It’s important to keep your AC free of obstruction or blockages- both inside and out. While gardening or mulching, avoid packing or planting anything around the base of the unit.
Replace Air Filters
Whenever the season changes, you should replace your indoor air filters. Especially after a long, cold winter where it’s likely that your indoor air filter will have gathered a lot more debris and dust than normal, you should be sure to change the filter before you need to use your AC.
Check the Drainage Hose
This hose is also called the “condensate line”. Since the coil’s temperature is lower than the air, water can lead to condensation. This water needs to drain, or the tray will fill up and flood the unit. If this happens, it can his can cause water damage and mold or mildew growth, so it should be taken care of immediately.
Turn on the Power!
After going through these steps, turn on your AC and see how it works! Check the air coming out of the vents for the first few minutes, and then every few hours throughout the day. A few minutes after startup, you should feel cool air coming out!
If you need to schedule AC inspection or maintenance, call Streamline Plumbing and Heating today!