Spring comes earlier than ever here in Walker, LA, and when it hits, you want your air conditioner to be ready to go. That means getting ready now, when temperatures are still relatively low and you’re likely still using your heater on at least a semi-regular basis. With a few sensible bits of preparation, you can get your air conditioner ready for spring and ensure that it’s all set to go the minute you need it. Here’s a brief list of a few tips.
Clear Away the Outside Unit
The outdoor portion of your air conditioner can easily gather twigs, leaves and other detritus over the course of the winter. You may have stacked objects close to it and weeds or other plants may have grown up close to its location. Before cooling season begins, make sure all of this is cleared away in a two foot (or greater) circle around your outdoor unit. That will prevent anything from being pulled into the system, blocking the ventilation or otherwise interfering with your AC’s functioning.
Change the Filter
Every air conditioner comes with an air filter, designed to catch hair, dust and other contamination as it passes through your system. Over time, filters can become clogged and impede the flow of air through your system, causing all sorts of problems. Make sure you change your filters at least one every 2-3 months, or more often if you have sensitive family members in your home.
Schedule a Maintenance Session
We encourage all of our customers to schedule a maintenance session at the beginning of every cooling season, to catch any potential problems brewing and to take care of little problems (like dust and loose bolts) that can rob your system of efficiency. Not only can you catch any potential repairs, but the system will run more efficiently as a result.
A Professional Heating and Air is there to help as temperatures start to rise with the spring!