Summer time is knocking at our doors, it is the first week of June and we have been lucky not to have had sweltering heat…yet. Chances are you have turned your air on already but before we get into the full swing of summer where the air is running 24/7, there are some things to check prior to planning to leave the air on full time. Air conditioning units typically last about 10-15 years, and regular maintenance can go a long way toward making sure its on the right side of that range.
1. Make sure that plants, grass or other vegatation is moved away from the condenser.
2. Change your filter, change your filter, change your filter!
3. Clean the vents, this will help your air conditioner not to have to work as hard.
4. Check the Coolant Lines. The refrigerant tubes or pipes that run from the evaporator on the air handler to the condenser outside are typically covered with foam coolant line insulation to prevent them from losing energy. If you see areas where the insulation is frayed or missing, replace it. To do this, install foam insulation sleeves or wrap the lines in a spiral fashion with foam insulation tape.
5. Test out the unit.
If you discover that you have issues with your A/C unit give automatic air a call!