Now that winter has finally released its grip, it won’t be long before the dog days of summer come around. The last thing you want is to turn on your system when you need it most only to find that it isn’t working right. That means that now is the ideal time to make sure your AC system is ready for the heat.
Here are four easy ways to help ensure that your system is ready for summer.
#1 – Test Your AC System Before You Need It
A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that just because their heater worked all winter long that their AC will work just as fine. But, these are two different components and just because one works doesn’t automatically mean the other one will too. Therefore, it is important to test your AC unit before you need it. Turn it on and dial the temperature down until the unit kicks on. Check the vents to make sure cold air is coming out and listen for any strange noises that may indicate a problem.
#2 – Change the Air Filter
Changing the air filter on your HVAC system is easy and it’s one of the most important things you can do to help improve the efficiency of your system. Simply purchase an appropriately-sized replacement filter; turn off the thermostat; open the air filter door; remove the existing filter, and install the new one. Close the air filter door and turn the thermostat back on and you’re done. Your air filter should be changed (or cleaned if it’s a re-usable type) every three months or more frequently if you have pets.
#3 – Clean Up the Area Around the Condenser
The condenser is the large component of your AC system that’s located outside the home. It is important to make sure there is no debris in or around the condenser unit. Over the winter, grass, sand, twigs, and other matter can find their way into and around the unit and when they aren’t removed, they can affect how the AC works. Make sure the system is turned off and clean the area around the condenser, making sure that all debris is swept out of the way of the fan blades and coils.
#4 – Have Your AC System Inspected by a Pro
It’s always a wise investment to have a professional AC technician inspect your AC unit before summer to ensure that it is operating at its peak level. Doing so will make your home safer and more comfortable and you’ll be able to have any minor problems tended to before they have a chance to escalate.
Tidewater Heating and Cooling has been one of the leading providers of AC service in Wilmington, NC for more than 42 years. With summer approaching we’re gearing up for our busiest season, so now is the perfect time to call and schedule an inspection of your AC system. We are licensed and insured and we can help ensure that your home’s AC system is ready for when the hot weather arrives. Just call us today at 910-795-2632 or toll-free at 800-309-1221 and we’ll provide you with the best AC service Wilmington NC.