We are all enjoying this beautiful spring weather now that winter is finally over (I think). Before long it will be time for us to turn on our air conditioners! Take some time now to make sure your air conditioner is ready to face the summer heat.
- Visually inspect the outdoor unit for any signs of winter damage.
Remove any leaves that may have piled up. The unit should be sitting level and the ground around it should be graded so that water drains away. Make sure garden mulch is not covering the coil area on the unit.
- Trim any plants that are growing near the unit.
You should have at least 12 inches of space all the way around the unit and 36 inches above the unit. Prune back any tree branches that are above the unit. This will not only keep debris from falling from the branch into your air conditioner, but will protect it from damage if branch breaks.
- Turn your air conditioner on.
On the first really warm day we get slammed with calls from people with broken air conditioners. Find out if you have a problem now and your unit will be up and running while everyone else is waiting their turn for repair.
- Change or clean your filter.
Your furnace and air conditioner use the same filter, so this is a task that needs attention all year long. We can help you figure out how often your filter should be replaced if you’re unsure. We can also email or text you a reminder.
- Schedule your air conditioning tune up.
Preventive maintenance lets a technician evaluate the condition of your system and make any adjustments or repairs that might be needed. This will allow you to get the best efficiency out of your air conditioner, up to a 30% improvement over unmaintained equipment!
A little time spent now can save you a big headache later. If you live in the greater Cleveland area, our technicians would be happy to serve you. For more information about caring for your HVAC system, contact the experts at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling.
Kim Nemecek works at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. After growing up in Cleveland, she lived in Florida for many years, working at an air conditioning company there. Kim has four grown children, two grandchildren and two spoiled dogs. She lives in Solon with her husband, Todd.
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