5 Tips for Getting Your AC System Ready for Summer

air conditioner maintenanceThe warm weather will be here before you know it; is your AC system prepared to handle the heat? Don’t wait for the first heat wave to strike to find your air conditioner is on the fritz. Regular AC system maintenance can help you avoid a system breakdown and keep your air conditioning running smoothly all summer. Below, the Ace Hardware Home Services experts share five simple tips to prevent meltdowns (literally and metaphorically) and keep your home comfortable. 

Filter Replacement

Replacing your filter might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important. A clean air filter is essential for optimal airflow in your central air conditioning system. A clogged filter restricts airflow, forcing your AC to work harder to cool your home, which leads to higher energy bills and even breakdowns. We recommend changing your filter every two to three months or more often if you have pets or allergies. 

Cleaning the Condenser Coil

Your AC’s condenser unit sits outside and releases heat from the air inside your home. Over time, the condenser coil can become clogged with leaves, dirt, and debris. This reduces the unit’s efficiency and can lead to overheating and potential damage. We recommend cleaning the condenser coil at least once a year. To do this, turn off the power to the unit first, then carefully remove any debris with a soft brush, a gentle spraying hose, or a vacuum. Be careful and avoid bending the delicate fins on the coil. If the coil is heavily clogged or you’re uncomfortable cleaning it yourself, consider scheduling a professional AC maintenance service with us.

Check the Coolant Lines

The refrigerant lines, known as coolant lines, carry the refrigerant throughout your AC system. These lines should be checked for any leaks, cracks, or damage. At Ace Hardware Home Services, we suggest inspecting the lines for any signs of wear and tear. Refrigerant leaks can reduce the cooling capacity of your system and even pose health risks. If you suspect a leak, don’t hesitate to call us for AC repair services. Our experienced technicians can quickly diagnose and fix the problem, ensuring your system runs safely and efficiently.

Thermostat Tune-Up

Your thermostat is like the brain of your central air conditioning system, controlling the temperature in your home. It’s a good idea to test your thermostat before summer arrives. Set your desired temperature on your thermostat and ensure your system turns on and off correctly. If you have an older thermostat, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats allow you to set various cooling schedules for different times of the day, which can significantly improve your system’s efficiency and save you money on your energy bills.

Schedule a Professional Maintenance Check

During this service, our technicians will give your entire system a thorough inspection. We’ll clean key components, identify issues, and ensure everything is running smoothly. This proactive approach can prevent unexpected breakdowns throughout the hot summer months, keeping your home comfortable and ensuring you stay cool.

Don’t wait for a surprise malfunction to disrupt your summer fun! Schedule a professional tune-up today. If you suspect a problem with your system, don’t hesitate to contact us for expert AC repair services.