How to Determine if Your AC Is Ready for Summer

June 24, 2021 11:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Summer is upon us. Is your HVAC system up to the task of cooling your home?

The hottest days of the year are still yet to come, but they’re not far off. Before July and August arrive, it’s important to make sure your air conditioning is running as efficiently as possible and that it’s prepared for extended stretches of demanding work.

Here’s a quick overview of some of the steps an air conditioning service professional will take when analyzing your system to make sure it’s ready for the hottest part of the year:

  • Tune-ups: An important part of regular air conditioning maintenance is the tune-up. Over time, you can expect your HVAC components to wear out, particularly in the areas where moving parts are necessary for their function. A service technician who comes in to analyze the system can determine if your system has any damage, electrical problems or leaks, and will also lubricate all moving parts to keep them operating smoothly. If they uncover any potential problems, they’ll take care of needed AC repairs quickly before they become more significant and thus more expensive to fix.
  • Cleaning the unit: Your exterior air conditioning unit is constantly exposed to the elements and to various forms of debris. Over time, it will collect debris that could make it less efficient. An HVAC service technician can clean out your exterior unit, and also check for any clogs or leaks to help improve airflow and efficiency.
  • Change the filters: Part of ensuring your air conditioning is ready for the season is making sure it’s clean and that the filters are swapped out. The filters are crucial to the efficiency and safety of the air conditioning. They protect debris from getting into the air conditioning system and ensure smooth, reliable flow of air. It’s important to change these filters regularly to make sure the unit is as efficient as possible.
  • Check your thermostat: Upgrading the thermostat can be a great way to get the most out of your air conditioner and maximize its efficiency. If you do not have a programmable thermostat, it is highly recommended you get one, as you will be able to take full control over customizing the temperature of your home and also set your system to operate at certain levels at certain times of day to save energy. Make sure you have a professional handle the replacement, as it involves electrical wiring.
  • Check your refrigerant: Every year you should have a technician inspect your HVAC system, including checks of the refrigerant levels in the system. If you have low refrigerant, it could result in the compressor having to work harder, which leads to faster wear and tear.

These are just a few examples of some of the most important aspects of regular air conditioning service. For more information about the steps you can take to keep your system efficient and avoid expensive AC repair, we encourage you to contact the team at BLM Refrigeration Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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