Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

May 09, 2016

The weather is really getting warm outside. Have you checked to make sure you’re going to stay cool inside? We may not have climbed to temperatures where we need to switch on the air conditioner just yet, but now’s the time to give your air conditioner a test run. You might just find that you’re in need of air conditioner service. The hot days are near and we have a few tips for making sure your air conditioner is ready to keep you cool this season.

Test it Now

It’s best to run your system before you truly need it. You don’t want to realize on the hottest day of the year that your air conditioner isn’t running. Switch your thermostat to its cooling mode and let it run for a few minutes and check to make sure it’s blowing cool air. If it’s not, there are a handful of things you can check yourself before contacting us 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 quite a few people forget to switch it off the heat setting. If it is currently set to heat, turn it over and your problem just may be handled.

The next thing you can do is check the unit outside and see if there is any debris around your air conditioner. Dirt and debris may clog the air flow and diminish your system’s ability to generate cool air.

As always, look at and change your filters. It’s an easy step that could extend the life and efficiency of your system. Air flow is a large 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 receiving cool air. It’s time to call in the professionals. Right now is the perfect time to arrange an appointment for annual air conditioner service. Your HVAC technician will check out any small problems that you have now that could potentially turn into big problems down the road.

If your home isn’t cooling well, there’s a chance that that your system is just low on refrigerant, which may indicate a leak. If you’ve recognized ice forming on the inside of your outdoor unit, your system’s refrigerant might be running low. An air conditioning expert can charge that up and fix any leaks in your lines.

We know you trust your air conditioner to get you through those hot summer days and you know you can always rely on us to keep your system operating smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns about your system or just need to schedule your appointment for annual air conditioner service, give us a call at 256-574-1300. Or if you’d rather, set up an appointment with us using our handy online scheduler.