Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

May 09, 2016

The weather is really heating up outside. Have you checked to be sure you’re going to stay cool indoors? We may not have climbed to temperatures where we need to flip on the air conditioner just yet, but now’s the time to give your AC a check. You could just find that you’re in need of air conditioner service. The hot days are near and we have some tips for making sure your AC is ready to keep you cool this season.

Test it Now

It’s best to try your system before you honestly need it. You don’t want to realize on the hottest day of the year that your air conditioner isn’t working. Set your thermostat to its cooling mode and let it operate for a handful of minutes and check to be sure it’s blowing cool air. If it’s not, there are a handful of things you can check yourself before calling for air conditioner service.

The first and most basic thing to inspect is to be sure you set your system to cool. It’s a simple mistake and many 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 may clog the air flow and diminish your system’s ability to produce cool air.

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

Call the Professionals

Your thermostat is set to cool, the unit has been cleaned and you’re still not getting cool air. It’s time to call in the experts. Right now is the perfect time to set up an appointment for regular air conditioner service. Your HVAC technician will check out any small concerns that you have now that may 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 could indicate a leak. If you’ve seen 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 take care of any leaks in your lines.

We know you rely on your air conditioner to get you through those hot summer days and you know you can always count on us to keep your system working smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns about your system or just need to arrange your appointment for routine air conditioner service, give us a call at (616) 669-3961. Or if you’d rather, make an appointment with us using our handy online scheduler.