Real Estate News

5 Tips to Clean and Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Summer


Written By: Realty Times Staff
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Making it through the summer without a working air conditioning system isnt feasible in some parts of the country. Even if you live in a temperate climate, your AC system will make you and your family much more comfortable at home.

So before the weather really gets hot, take the time to clean and prepare your air conditioner. Use these 5 tips for getting your air conditioner ready for its busy season.

1. Perform a Visual Inspection

As a homeowner, you wont know everything there is to know about your air conditioning system. That doesnt mean you cant spot something thats obviously wrong or out of place.

Before summer begins, take the time to visually inspect your outdoor air conditioning unit. Look for signs of physical damage to the unit that may have occurred during the winter months like missing or poorly aligned panels. If the panel that covers the electrical system is out of place this is a fix that you should leave to the pros for safety reasons.

You should also take the time to check that your refrigerant lines have proper insulation that hasnt been damaged over the winter.

2. Check Your Electrical

Before you turn your air conditioner on you should inspect any power and electrical cords around your outdoor unit. If these are frayed or damaged, getting a service professional to make the necessary repairs is essential.

Youll also want to check your circuit breaker to make sure the proper electrical connections are powered on. Breakers may have flipped during the winter without you knowing it.

3. Clear Debris

Its common to find debris covering your outdoor air conditioning units housing and around the condenser coil that makes the unit work. Using a cover for your air conditioner in the fall and winter can help with this in the future, but if debris is a concern now, it should be cleared before you turn the unit on.

Removing debris is a simple job - just avoid damaging your unit with gardening tools like rakes and shovels. Heavy gloves are your best bet for clearing debris around your condenser coil.

4. Change Your Air Filter

Changing the air filter that makes sure you get clean air inside your home might seem obvious, but many people forget to do it around this time of year. Even if your air filter hasnt been in use for the allotted time recommended by the manufacturer, a change is a smart idea between seasons.

If there are any issues with your air conditioning unit that youre not aware of a dirty air filter will only exacerbate the problem.

5. Call the Professionals

Taking the time to clean and prepare your air conditioner on your own is a wise move, but not every problem is one that can be spotted by the average homeowner. Even if youre diligent in your efforts, youre not a professional who deals with air conditioner systems every single day.

When the seasons change, getting a quick inspection from a professional service provider you trust is a wise choice. They can provide a deeper inspection and let you know if there are any concerns with your air conditioning unit. Your air conditioner might also get a clean bill of health, giving you a little peace of mind for the summer season.

Following these tips to get your air conditioner ready for use. Basic maintenance tasks shouldnt take you more than a few hours and performing them could save you hundereds in repairs.

References:

How to Prep Your A/C for Spring and Summer

Clean Your Air Conditioner Condenser Unit

11 Steps to Follow Before You Turn On Your AC

5 Secrets for Getting Your A/C Ready for Summer

Copyright© 2017 Realty Times®. All Rights Reserved

 

Map SearchClick here for a free Market AnalysisBuyers: Search here for your Dream HomeSubscribe! Sign up to recieve our Newsletter!Real Estate Outlook
Facebook linkedin twitter youtube googleplus
Updated: Saturday, June 24, 2017


Relaxing Designs For Your Lakefront Backyard

According to Wallace J. Nichols, in his book "Blue Mind," our brains are hardwired to react positively to water. Our predisposition to embrace water might be the reason being near it...
> Full Story

How Green Can You Go? Eco-friendly Solutions For Every Commitment Level

Its hard to ignore the influence of big oil in Texas. Thirty-five miles to the Southwest of Frisco, TX, this years second-fastest-growing city in the nation and home to thousands of ...
> Full Story

The Top-Three Considerations When Starting a Home-Based Business

If yoursquo;re considering starting a home-based business, youre in good company. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than half of all businesses are run out of...
> Full Story

Enforcing Long Unenforced Rules In Your HOA

It may come as little surprise that quite a few homeowner association boards fail miserably in rule enforcement, especially in self managed HOAs. Lets face it, confrontation with nei...
> Full Story

Tenants Rights During a Foreclosure

Question: My wife and I and our two teen-age children have rented a nice house near the high-school for many years. We have >

Answer: Pete, this unfortunately has bec...
> Full Story

Real Estate Professional Dertrez Pressley Makes Third Generous Donation on Behalf of His Client with the Agent with Heart Program

Las Vegas, NV June 20th, 2017 -- PinRaise, the company that connects real estate agents with local clients and nonprofits, announced today that Dertrez Pressley of Simply Vega...
> Full Story

When Is A Listing Commission Earned?

Of course, different listing contracts may contain unique or unusual conditions, but, for many years in many parts of the country, listing agreements have held that a commission had ...
> Full Story

Are You Prepared for Coaching Success?

Two demanding forces may be holding real estate professionals back by creating gaps that need attention:

  • If you invest most of each day concentrating on what your clients want...
    > Full Story

7 Top Design Tips for a Small Backyard

Long to be a land baron, with acres of lush grounds to create the ultimate outdoor paradise? That may be a dream for another time. For now, a smaller space is your reality, but that ...
> Full Story

What To Expect When Visiting Chip And Joanna Gaines Magnolia Market

Chip and Joanna Gaines havent just taken over the airwaves on their uber-popular HGTV program, Fixer Upper. Theyre taken over the city of Waco with their Magnolia Market at the Silos...
> Full Story



Copyright ©2017 - Realty Times®
All Rights Reserved.