If you live in Texas, you know that the summers can be brutal. Taking precautionary measures helps you to make sure that your AC unit will perform at its best during the hottest months of the summer.
Luckily, Elite Comfort Services has all the tips and tricks you need to feel confident in your cooling. Check out steps below that you should do to ensure your AC unit is ready for its busiest season of the year.
Schedule a Tune-Up
The first thing on the list is getting a professional tune-up! Although you might not have been using the AC unit as much during the previous winter months, it still needs to be evaluated. By hiring a professional to perform the tune-up, your unit will get the top quality care it deserves. Completing tasks like lubricating moving parts, tightening connections, checking levels, cleaning the drain line and more impacts your system’s ability to function. The best time to schedule an AC tune-up is in the spring, right before your AC starts working harder.
Replace the Air Filter
Checking your air filter to see if you need to replace it or clean it at least every month is one of the best ways you can ensure the most productivity for your unit. It is recommended that you replace your air filter every 30-90 days for maximum efficiency. The best way to test if you should replace your air filter is by holding it up to the light. If you can’t see light coming through the filter, that means it’s time for a replacement.
Clean the Condenser Unit
Since the condenser unit is the part of the system that sits outside year-round, it’s vulnerable to accumulating all sorts of debris. Take a moment to look through and around the condenser and remove any twigs, leaves, or other debris that might have gotten caught in it since the last check-up. Make sure that any other shrubs or plant life are trimmed away to make sure they don’t eventually interfere with your unit.
Check Insulation Levels and Seal Leaks
Insulation determines how well your conditioned air remains inside your home. If you are unsure how well your home is insulated, consider having an insulation inspection completed.
Another thing to mark off of the checklist is looking for any cracks that need to be sealed. The best way to tell if you have air leakage is to hold a slightly smoking material to the area in question. If the paper or the smoke start to move around quickly, then a leak is most likely present. Proceed by sealing small leaks with a weatherproof caulk or using expandable foam spray for the larger leaks.
It is also smart to test the functions of your thermostat. As the part of the system that controls what happens with your cooling unit, your thermostat should always be working correctly. Test all of the functions that your thermostat has to offer, and make sure that the functions run for the appropriate amount of time. If certain functions don’t run at the length or quality that they should, it’s time to call a professional.
Contact Us Today
The summer months are upon us, so it is up to you to make sure your AC unit is ready for those high temperatures. Avoid those emergency summer AC repairs by checking your system ahead of time. If you need expert air conditioning maintenance, call on the professionals at Elite Comfort Services.