Now is the time of year when the weather is starting to break. The winter clouds are starting to vanish, albeit slowly, and the warm weather is just around the corner. Before the temperature heats up and you have to turn your air conditioner on, you first have to have it maintenance. Spring is the perfect time to do this, as the weather has (usually) not become hot enough to need to turn it on. Here are three quick steps that must be taken in order to make your air conditioner ready for summer:
Change The Filter
Just as you need to change the filter on your heater, the one on your air conditioning unit needs to be swapped out for a new one as well. Hair, debris and other gunk can build up on the filter over time, leading to a clogged filter. If you do not change the filter regularly, your air conditioner can become damaged, as it tries to suck in air through the clogged filter in order to cool it. Prevent this from happening by changing the filter in the springtime, and the at least once every other month during the summer.
Clear The Drain
As your air conditioner runs, water builds up in the system. There is a special reservoir on the air conditioning unit to hold this water, and it is set up to drain periodically on its own. However, this does not mean that it can never get stopped up. The water leftover from the cooling process is not exactly clean, so dirt can get into the drainage area and clog it. You should have a professional come in and clear the drain on your air conditioner every spring.
Clean The Coils
The coils are what your air conditioner work, so cleaning them will make it run more efficiently. In order to clean them, the unit needs to be opened and the power supply must be disconnected from the coils, so this is a job best left to the professionals.