Your air conditioner has been unused for the past six months or so, and you may be thinking that it will just be ready to go when you need it. Over the winter, however, your system has been collecting leaves and debris that could impact its performance. Consider doing a bit of maintenance now to get your unit running properly. Taking care of your air conditioner early can save you headaches later on when busy service professionals are harder to schedule and top-of-the-season prices apply.
Why wait? Here are 5 things you can do yourself right now.
1. Check the Thermostat
Turn the unit on by lowering the temperature on your thermostat to the “cool” setting. Your AC should turn on within a few minutes and begin cooling.
2. Replace the Air Conditioner’s Filter
Chances are you haven’t replaced the filter since last season. Start the new season with a clean filter. Then, change the filter each month in order to ensure optimal performance, maximize the life of your air conditioner, maintain good air quality and eliminate allergens.
3. Clean and Clear Debris Away from the Unit
If your central air conditioner’s condenser unit (typically located outdoors) has been uncovered all winter, it will need to be cleared of leaves, dirt, and debris. Debris that has collected over the winter can clog the coils. Start by turning off the power to the unit. Clear any dirt and debris from around the unit, then move on to cleaning the coils.
4. Test the Unit
After cleaning the unit, allow it to dry thoroughly. Turn the thermostat in your home to OFF. Next, turn on the power at both the disconnect box and at the main panel. Last, switch the thermostat to COOL.
If the air conditioner doesn’t come on, or your home doesn’t reach an adequate cool temperature, call to schedule a service appointment right away.
5. Schedule a Tune-up
If cleaning and maintaining your air conditioner seems overwhelming, consider scheduling your certified service professional to do it for you twice a year. Regular maintenance prevents a host of costly problems and ensures your system is ready to go when you need it. Schedule an Air Conditioner tune-up with your Rheem Pro Partner for optimal efficiency and peace of mind.