Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

May 09, 2016

The weather is really getting warm outside. Have you checked to make sure you’re going to stay cool inside? We may not have reached temperatures where we need to switch on the air conditioner just yet, but now’s the time to give your AC a check. You could just find that you’re in need of air conditioner service. The hot days are near and we have a few tips for making sure your system is ready to keep you cool this summer.

Test it Now

It’s best to test your system before you truly need it. You don’t want to realize on the hottest day of the year that your air conditioner isn’t operating. Set your thermostat to its cooling mode and let it work for a couple minutes and check to be sure it’s blowing cool air. If it’s not, there are a few things you can check yourself before calling for air conditioner service.

The first and simplest thing to look at is to make sure you set your system to cool. It’s an easy mistake and quite a few people forget to switch it off the heat setting. If it is currently set to heat, switch it over and your problem just may be handled.

The next thing you can do is check the unit outside and see if there is any debris around your AC. Dirt and debris may clog the air flow and affect your system’s ability to produce cool air.

As always, inspect and swap out your filters. It’s an easy step that could extend the life and efficiency of your system. Air flow is a key part of your cooling system and keeping your filter clean can improve your air flow.

Call the Professionals

Your air conditioner is set to cool, the unit has been cleaned and you’re still not generating cool air. It’s time to call in the pros. Right now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment for routine air conditioner service. Your HVAC technician will check out any small issues that you have now that could potentially turn into large problems in the future.

If your home isn’t cooling well, there’s a chance that that your system is just low on refrigerant, which could indicate a leak. If you’ve noticed ice forming on the inside of your outdoor unit, your system’s refrigerant may be running low. An air conditioning pro can charge that up and fix any leaks in your lines.

We know you trust your air conditioner to get you through those hot summer days and you know you can always count on us to keep your system working smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns about your system or just need to arrange your appointment for annual air conditioner service, give us a call at 319-208-3295. Or if you’d rather, make an appointment with us using our handy online scheduler.