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How To Prep Your A/C For Summer

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The days of spring are rapidly dwindling with summertime on the horizon. Before the scorching summer sun warms up your city, you should make sure that your A/C unit is ready. Perform a quick inspection and maintenance on your HVAC system.

Old Out, New In
Changing the air filter is the easiest and most effective form of maintenance for your HVAC system. Most manufacturers recommend changing the air filters every month or every other month. Failure to do so will result in a weakened air flow, causing the system to work harder and longer to cool your home. Air filters should be inspected more often if there are a larger number of people and pets in your home.

Spring Cleaning
An air conditioning unit that is covered in dust and debris will be less effective at moving the hot and cold air throughout the system. Clean your central air conditioning condenser by spraying it down with the hose. Try to remove any grass, dirt, dust, and debris without getting the electrical box wet. For window units, simply open the unit up and wipe away any dust with a cloth..

Blockages & Leaks
If you’ve already changed your air filter and there is still weak airflow or the coils keep icing up, then there may be a blockage somewhere in the unit. Blockages can sometimes cause leaks in the system which need to be repaired immediately before it damages your unit further. If the Freon levels in your air conditioning unit are low then a leak is present and it should be repaired by a professional.

Prepare your A/C unit now so you don’t get caught in the summer sun with no way to cool off. When you need an expert to inspect and repair your HVAC system, contact the pros at Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.