As the temperature begins to creep higher and higher here in Florida, many of us are turning on our air conditioners for the first time since winter’s cold let up. The intense heat of summer seems to hit earlier and earlier each year, with the state setting heat records even this April! However, before you get your air conditioner to start churning out cold air, it’s important to make sure your AC system is up to the challenge.
A few simple steps can help you inspect your system from top to bottom, preparing your home for the sweltering summer months. Read on to learn what to do.
Check the Filters
It’s best practice to change your air conditioner filter once every one to three months when it’s in use, though you may need to do it more often if you smoke or own pets. Failing to do so can affect the lifespan of your system.
If you haven’t turned your AC on in a while, check the filter. If it’s old and dirty, replace it for a fresh start.
Check Your Outdoor AC Unit
Your outdoor cooling system is a crucial part of your AC, and the seasonal change is a good time to inspect it. Look for any damaged or misaligned panels, and clear away any leaves, dirt, or debris. You should also check to ensure that the unit is still level, as the ground underneath these heavy systems can sometimes shift.
You should also do a visual inspection of your refrigerant lines. If you notice something wrong, don’t touch them: refrigerant is a hazardous chemical, and only a pro should address issues with it.
Clear Your Vents and Registers
The vents and registers in your home tend to accumulate dust, dander, and pet hair. This may be especially true if you’ve been using your heating system throughout the winter.
Make sure to clean the vents and registers throughout your home before turning on your AC to prevent these particles from becoming airborne. You should also make sure you haven’t moved any furniture to block these openings.
Check the Indoor Unit
You’ll also want to check your indoor unit for damage. Peek at your system’s electrical wiring for signs of wear or corrosion. If there’s any exposed ductwork in your home, check it for signs of wear as well.
If you’re comfortable doing so, you can also clean your drain line. This can help prevent clogs.
Change Your Thermostat
If you have a central air system, now is the time to switch your thermostat from “Heat” to “Cool.” If you have a programmable thermostat, consider adjusting the daily temperature according to your family’s new schedule, especially if you and your children will be home during the day more often during summer vacation. Experts recommend setting your home’s temperature to 78 degrees for an ideal balance between comfort and savings.
Get More Out of Your AC System
When it comes to home cooling, it’s important to prepare your AC system for the summer months. By inspecting and cleaning your indoor and outdoor unit, you can ensure that your air conditioner is ready to provide comfort to your household even during record-breaking heat waves!
If you run into issues or need help getting your air conditioner to turn on, reach out to our team. Our experienced technicians at Kuebler Mechanical are proud to serve homeowners throughout Port Saint Lucie, and we’ll be happy to diagnose and repair the issue. To learn more, contact us today.