How to Keep Your A/C Unit Efficient During the Summer
Let’s face it. Texas summers are some of the worst in the United States. During the middle of the summer, the heat is so intense that it makes it nearly impossible to enjoy leisure time outside. Unlike the winter when you can often leave your air conditioning off, during the summer your air conditioner has to work overtime to keep you nice and cool in your home. Luckily, there are some preventative measures you can take to keep your a/c unit running smoothly during the summer.
Replace Your Filters
Your a/c unit is about to be working harder than it has for the past eight months. Odds are, you haven’t replaced the air filters in a while. Even if you have, it is not a bad idea to change all the air filters in your home before you turn on the air conditioning for 24 hours a day. Doing this will make the air smoothly transition from the inner duct work to your home. Failing to change your air filters will not only cause a decrease in air quality in your home, but it could also cause your air conditioning unit to break down.
Inspect the Unit for Damage
A lot can happen in the winter months when your air conditioning is in hibernation. Before you nonstop blast the air conditioning for the summer, do a visual inspection of the a/c unit. You may find parts hanging off the unit or debris stuck inside of the unit. If this is the case, carefully remove the debris before you turn on the unit. If the debris is from the unit itself, then call an air conditioning professional to make sure there isn’t any serious damage to the interior unit.
Clean the Interior
Air conditioning units have a bunch of moving parts; therefore, it is important to maintain the interior the same way you maintain the exterior. If there is dust or debris buildup within the inner tubes, then there is a higher chance there could be a system failure sometime soon. Most air conditioning units can open simply, but if you aren’t comfortable working inside of the unit, then you should call an air conditioning specialist so he or she can ensure your unit will last as long as possible during the strenuous summer months.
Turn it on and Monitor
After you have changed the air filters and examined the a/c unit for interior and exterior damage and buildups, you can safely turn on your air conditioning. If everything comes on normally, then be sure to routinely check the unit and change the air filters throughout the summer. If the air isn’t cold, then there may be bigger problems that require a technician to fix. If you want to get your air conditioning unit inspected before summer goes into full swing, call us at [G3] (806) 372-1572.