The Heat is Coming!
This month we are going to help you get your air conditioning prepared for the upcoming warm weather. Northern Ohio weather can change instantly from cool to hot and when you first call on your air conditioning I want it to respond for you with cool air coming out of the registers.
First off, if you have installed a winter cover on you outside unit, it is time to remove it. You wouldn’t want to forget this step in the future as running the a/c with the cover on will damage your unit. Once the cover is off, check to make sure there is no physical damage from one of those large falling icicles you might have experienced this winter.
During the summer you will want to keep weeds and tall grass from restricting the air flow through your unit. Keep all vegetation away at least 12” and cut back any bushes or trees so they are not growing above the unit discharge. Weed killer is a great way to control growth. You may also want to place small stones or river rock around your unit. This will prevent splashing of mud onto your A/C during heavy rains. If you have mulch around the unit, make sure you or your landscapers are not burying the air conditioner in deep layers of mulch.
Your air conditioner could probably use a coat of car wax to refresh its finish and help protect it from the harsh summer sun. Check and make sure the A/C breaker is turned on in your fuse box. You should turn on the breaker 24 hrs. before you activate the air conditioner. Change or wash the filter in the furnace depending on which style you have.
Once the temperature is above 65 degrees, I would suggest trying your air conditioning system to see if at least it will turn on and that it blows cold air. Doing this step now will allow you to call early for service rather than calling us on the first hot day when everyone else calls and our schedules are booked. Of course, sometime during the warm months, we highly recommend a checkup of the system by a professional service technician. Checkups include cleaning coils and debris from inside unit, flushing the drain, checking out all the vital components including freon levels and monitoring electrical systems. This will help keep operating costs down and extend the life of your system.
As always, give us a call if you have questions. We are here for you.