You want your air conditioner to be working perfectly and efficiently every time you need it in the summer. Spring AC checks go a long way toward ensuring a trouble-free cooling season. Here’s a checklist for your spring AC checkup.
- Check the outdoor AC unit panels. The panels enclose electrical connections. If you notice any misaligned or missing panels, contact an HVAC contractor.
- Inspect the suction line’s insulation. The suction line is the larger copper pipe that’s on your outdoor unit. Contact a pro for service if its insulation is damaged or if you see wear or damage on any other outdoor electrical wiring.
- Clean the exterior system. Leaves, grass, and other debris can block interior AC components and limit the condenser coils’ ability to transfer heat. Clean out any dirt and debris from the outdoor AC coil and the area around it.
- Check the drain line. This plastic tube can become clogged with rust, algae, dust, and other debris and cause water damage. If you check your drain line and find it to be partially clogged, mix one part bleach with 16 parts water and pour the solution through the tube.
- Inspect the return grills and supply vents. Make sure you remove anything that could block airflow through the grills, such as furniture, toys, and drapes. Vacuum them to get rid of dust, pet hair, and anything else that may have accumulated on them.
- Replace the air filters. Once winter is over, your indoor air filters are likely to have gathered plenty of dust and debris. Spring is the perfect time to change them.
- Turn on the AC. After you’ve checked your outdoor and indoor AC equipment, you can then wait for a hot day to turn the system on. It should deliver cool air after a couple of minutes.
Doing an AC inspection early will pay off in the comfort and energy savings you’ll enjoy during the summer. Remember, it’s always an excellent idea to work with a licensed professional, as they can help you do a more thorough inspection and address any issues you may have discovered during your spring AC checks. If you need help with any air conditioning issue in the Dayton area, contact us at Detmer and Sons for assistance with troubleshooting.