When the outdoor temperatures skyrocket, you expect your air conditioner to keep your home cool. To do this, you need to ensure your air conditioner is prepared for these summer months. Here are a few tips to help you get your air conditioner ready.

●        Clear Debris From Around Your Air Conditioner

Before you turn your air conditioner on and begin running it for the season, take the time to clear all debris from around your unit. During the winter, trash and debris can blow around your air conditioner. Remove trash and debris, and trim back all landscaping, including grass, shrubs, and trees. Landscaping can impede the flow of air into your unit, so you want to ensure nothing is within a few feet of the front of your air conditioning unit.

●        Replace Filters

Replace both the filters in your air conditioning unit and the filters that cover the vents that allow cooled air to flow into your home. Filters help to reduce pollen, dander and dust from flowing into your home. As they filter out these contaminants, they get full, which means the amount of cool air that flows into your home is reduced. Replacing the filters helps keep your home clean, while also allowing cooled air to flow.

●        Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced By a Professional

Take care of your air conditioner by letting a professional make any necessary repairs. During a service inspection, a heating and cooling professional will clean your air conditioner, lubricate parts, tighten the bolts and screws that may have loosened, inspect belts and hoses, clean out your condensation pan and line, inspect the unit for signs of damage or wear, and top off your refrigerant. All these steps ensure your unit is able to operate normally this summer.

At Steve's Plumbing and Heating, we can help to ensure your air conditioner is ready for the strain that the hot summer months can put on it. We can inspect your air conditioner, make needed repairs, clean it, and top off the coolant, if needed. If you are looking to have your air conditioner in cleaned, repaired, or completely replaced, leave it to us. Contact us today to get your air conditioner ready for summer.