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How to Prep Your Air Conditioner For the Summer Heat

How to Prep Your Air Conditioner For the Summer Heat

The summer heat is arriving, and without a doubt, you’re going to want your air conditioner to be performing at peak condition. After all, no one wants to be stuck in a heatwave with an unexpected broken air conditioning system. Before summer is in full swing, it’s important to properly prepare your A/C for what’s to come. 

First, consider getting in touch with an HVAC professional. This way, you’ll experience the most thorough and accurate inspection of your air conditioning system, ensuring there are no issues as the weather heats up. 

Nonetheless, here are the steps that you or an experienced professional can take to prep your air conditioner for the summer weather.

1. Take a Careful Look at Your Thermostat

First, you’ll need to check your thermostat. Make sure it’s properly attached and that everything is in working order.

2. Check the Air Conditioner’s Airflow

Head to the outside unit, ensuring that there are around two feet of open space around your air conditioner. This will help ensure proper airflow around the unit’s coils, allowing the unit to breathe effectively.

3. Take a Look at the Wiring

At this point, you’ll need to cut power to your A/C. As soon as that is safely turned off, you’ll be able to open the panel and take a look at the wiring. Make sure each of the wires is properly connected, and make sure there are no signs of burning. 

4. Inspect the Capacitor and Contactor

Whoever is performing the inspection will then need to take a look at the capacitor, as well as the contactor. There must be no swelling in either case. 

5. Check and Measure the Refrigeration Pressures

After that, you’ll need to place gauges on the unit to check out the refrigeration pressures. If the pressures are either too high or too low, your air conditioner may need service.

6. Take a Look at the Compressor and Fan

Is the fan running too hard? What about the compressor? This could result in your A/C overheating.

7. Inspect the Motor

Make sure your unit’s motor doesn’t need lubrication. If it is, take the necessary actions to lubricate it. 

8. Check the Air Filter

Ensure that your filter is clean, and make sure it’s not being restricted in any way.

9. Clean the A/C Unit

Finally, it’s time to clean the air conditioning unit, allowing it to run efficiently. 

Do you have any concerns over your air conditioner, or are you looking for preventative maintenance? In either case, it’s time to get in touch with the HVAC experts at D. Rohde Heating & Plumbing