With the winter season finally coming to a close, and spring just around the corner, the time is going to be very soon where you are finally going to be able to flip that switch on your thermostat changing it from “heat” to “cool”, and we here at Convenient Heating & Cooling understand very well the excitement that comes along with that. However, before you make that switch from heating to cooling, it is generally a good idea to do some basic maintenance on your air conditioning system to ensure that it is ready to go. Harsh winters, and harsh winter storms like we’ve had in recent weeks can be especially tough on outdoor equipment. Being subjected to sub-freezing temperatures for extended periods of time can seriously affect your air conditioning system’s initial start up in the spring, increasing the chances of something being damaged and requiring air conditioning repairs, or just your system not being able to run as efficiently as it should. However, with a few basic maintenance tasks and just a little bit of effort, you can give your air conditioning system exactly what it needs for a trouble-free spring and summer. To help you with this, we have put together a short list of four important things while prepping your AC system this spring.
Inspect The Outdoor Unit Panels
These panels are designed to enclose the various electrical connections on your outdoor unit, and they have to be in place in order to keep your system protected. If you are missing any panels, or any of them are misaligned, it puts your system at serious risk. If you notice that any panels are missing or aren’t aligned correctly, it is in your best interest to call in a professional Arlington Heights Air Conditioning technician to perform an assessment and let them get everything back in place the way it should be.
Remove Condenser Covers, Lids, & Coil Blankets
If you covered any portions of your outdoor unit before winter arrived to help keep it protected, make sure you remove any and all of them before you actually switch your system on. While these covers help to protect and insulate the coil during the colder winter months, they can also limit the amount of heat transfer your system is able to perform. If you start up your system with any of these covers in place, even for a brief time, it could quickly result in serious damage to your system overall. One of our most common calls for service in the springtime is from homeowners who’ve forgotten to remove these before turning on their air conditioning.
Remove Debris From Outdoor Coil
Depending on where your outdoor unit is located around your home, you might find trash or other debris blown against the coil over the course of winter. Because these coils are designed to transfer heat to the air surrounding them, any debris on them is going to severely limit their effectiveness at performing this task. In order to get the most out of your system in terms of performance, you are going to want to make sure that the coils and the surrounding areas are free of any type of vegetation or debris. In addition, during your spring mowing or mulching, it is important to ensure that you don’t pack mulch around the base of your unit as it can limit airflow.
Change Your Air Filters
Don’t let this one’s position on our list downplay its significance. Cleaning or changing the filters to your AC system on a monthly basis is one of the most important things you can do to preserve the health and the efficiency of your air conditioning system. The change of seasons between winter and spring is an especially good time to change out these filters as they have more than likely gathered a great deal of debris and dust over the course of the winter months.