Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

May 09, 2016

The weather is really heating up outside. Have you checked to make sure you’re going to stay cool inside? We may not have reached temperatures where we need to turn on the air conditioner just yet, but now’s the time to give your AC a trial run. You may just find that you’re in need of air conditioner service. The hot days are on the way and we have some tips for making sure your AC is ready to keep you cool this season.

Test it Now

It’s best to try your system before you truly need it. You don’t want to realize on the warmest day of the year that your air conditioner isn’t working. Switch your thermostat to its cooling mode and let it run for a handful of minutes and check to make 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 check is to ensure you set your system to cool. It’s an honest mistake and a lot of people forget to switch it off the heat setting. If it is currently set to heat, flip it over and your problem just may be taken care of.

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

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

Call the Professionals

Your thermostat is set to cool, the unit has been cleaned and you’re still not receiving cool air. It’s time to call in the experts. Right now is the perfect time to set up an appointment for annual 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 may indicate a leak. If you’ve seen ice forming on the inside of your outdoor unit, your system’s refrigerant may be running low. An air conditioning professional can charge that up and handle any leaks in your lines.

We know you count on your air conditioner to get you through those hot summer days and you know you can always trust us to keep your system working smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns about your system or just need to schedule your appointment for annual air conditioner service, give us a call at 208-621-0129. Or if you’d rather, make an appointment with us using our handy online scheduler.