Getting Your Air Conditioner Ready for the Summer in 3 Easy Steps
It’s that time of the year again – when the sun seems to shine a little brighter and the days seem to last a little longer. When you can finally leave the cardigan and sweater at home and sport your sleeveless tops, shorts, and sundresses. Summer is a time to indulge in long road trips to the beach, ice-cold lemonade, smoothies and ice cream sundaes.
But summer also means the heat can get unbearable – especially inside your home. At the hottest of days, the risk of suffering from a heat stroke or heat exhaustion can get all too real.
Which is why part of your summer preparations should include getting your trusty home air conditioner for the season. It can feel like a hassle and a chore, but getting this valuable summer home appliance before the heat starts getting unbearable is the best way to ensure your home remains a comfortable place to live in even during the hottest time of the year.
And getting your air conditioner summer-ready needn’t be a hassle! Here are three stress-free steps to air conditioner preparation.
- Clean Out or Replace the Air Filter
The air filter is one of the most important components of your air conditioner, as it helps purify the cooled air it blows into your home. But air filters, being the first line of defence against dust and dirt, can get clogged up and dirty.
Thankfully, it’s easy to access the air filter. You can easily disassemble it from your air conditioner unit for cleaning or if needed, a replacement.
A number of modern air conditioner models will shut off automatically if the air filter has gotten too dirty, so to prevent this from happening, make sure your air conditioner’s air filter is in perfect condition before the summer season begins.
- Clean Up the Condenser Unit
Often located outdoors for split-type air conditioners, the condenser unit should be protected with a cover or tarp during the months when the air conditioner isn’t used. Before you start operating your air conditioner again during the summer, be sure to clean the condenser unit and its surrounding area, removing any debris, leaves, and dirt that it has accumulated.
Once done cleaning the external portion of the condenser unit, use a screwdriver to disassemble the condenser unit, so you can inspect the condenser coils inside. Use a refrigerator coil brush or a vacuum to clean the condenser coils if necessary.
- Inspect the Coolant Lines
Check the refrigerant tubes that connect the indoor evaporator unit to the outdoor condenser unit and make sure the foam coolant line that covers and insulates the tubes are intact and undamaged. Replace any portion of the insulation that has been damaged, which can easily be done by installing new foam insulation sleeves.
Don’t forget to turn on your air conditioner for a test run to make sure it is running smoothly and without a hitch. An air conditioner running in tip-top shape can definitely make summer days at your home more comfortable and memorable!