As the temperatures begin to rise, it is time for you to crank up your cooling unit. The last thing you want is your air conditioner failing on the very first day of summer. Most homeowners forget all about their cooling units until summer is in full force. However, it is important to do a quick annual maintenance just before summer arrives. In fact, spring is the perfect time to devote to AC repair in Milton, ON, and heater repair Cambridge ON and the surrounding areas.
How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Summer
An air conditioner utilizes an outdoor compressor in conjunction with an indoor air handler. The condenser unit that is located outdoors needs to be cleaned and maintained for your cooling unit to function optimally. Remember that your AC has been sitting idle through all of winter, collecting debris such as leaves. Therefore, it is important to replace filters, clean out the condenser, and perform a few minor checks to ensure your cooling unit is in good shape before summer rears its ugly head.
Here is how you can get your AC ready for summer in four simple steps:
1. Safety First
The first and most important step before you start working on your air conditioner is to turn off the circuit breaker. Be sure that the power to the condenser at the service panel has been turned off. The condenser also has a 240 volt disconnect box that you will find located near the unit. This unit contains fuses or circuit breakers that shut off the condenser. Be sure to turn this off before you start taking the unit apart.
2. Clean the Filters
The next step is to clean your air handler filters. It is likely that they are clogged with dust, dirt, and grime. You need to do this at least twice a year. Failing to clean or replace filters will invariably restrict airflow while also reducing the efficiency of your cooling unit. Additionally, unclean filters will recirculate dirt and dust throughout your home.
3. Clean the Condenser Coils
It is equally important to clean the condenser coils and the fan of your AC at least once every six months. The condenser unit is located outdoors and is a large fan in a metal box that has sides that look like grilles. Condenser units sit outdoors all through the winter and are likely to get covered in yard debris, leaves, and dirt. While cleaning the unit, make sure the fan is free of all debris. Also, check inside the box to see if any debris may have clogged the coils. If you find debris on the coils, use a brush or vacuum to gently remove the dirt and grime.
4. Check the Coolant Lines
Be sure to check the coolant lines while cleaning your air conditioner. The refrigerant tubes run from the evaporator to the condenser and are covered with a foam insulation. While inspecting these pipes, keep your eyes open for areas where the insulation may have frayed. Replace with new insulation sleeves before you turn on the unit to test it.
These four simple steps will help you get your air conditioner ready for summer. If you would rather not mess with your air conditioner, simply call B.A.P Heating & Cooling Services. Our HVAC technicians are trained to provide air conditioner repair Cambridge, Ontario and nearby areas. Call us today at 519-569-7527 to schedule a maintenance appointment.