Time To Get Ready For Warm Weather: Why, When And How To Prepare Your Air Conditioner

Winter is finally winding down, and t's time to get ready for the warm weather. If you have a central air conditioning unit for your home, you need to make sure it's ready for summer. The best way to keep your air conditioner in good shape, and prevent costly repairs, is to provide routine maintenance. With all the work that you have to do around the house to keep it running smoothly, it can be tough to remember your air conditioner, especially if you only use it a few months out of the year. That's why you need to know the why, when and how of air conditioner maintenance.


To understand proper air conditioner maintenance, you need to start with why. Why do you need to keep your air conditioner properly maintained? The short answer is because it reduces the chances of unexpected breakdowns, which can be disastrous and expensive. Taking care of those annual maintenance checks will ensure that minor problems are caught before they get the chance to turn into monstrous problems later. Those annual maintenance checks will also extend the life of your air conditioner unit, which will save you money in the long run.


Now to the when. When should you perform your annual air conditioner check? Since it's going to be once a year, the best time to schedule the maintenance is in early spring or summer. Basically, right before the temperatures start rising. Your air conditioner is shut down for the entire winter, which means a lot of dirt has built up around the unit. It also means that rodents could have built their nests in the unit during the cold weather. Taking care of the maintenance before the hot temperatures set in will ensure that your air conditioner is up and running when you need it.


You've got the why and when down. It's time to talk about the how. How do you perform a maintenance check on your air conditioner? Here are two quick steps to get you started.


The first thing you need to do is clean your unit. First, remove all the debris that built up around the air conditioner during the winter, including the weeds. Second, use your garden hose to wash the coils and blades. Third, use a small pipe cleaner to clean the inside of the condensation tube. This will remove dirt and mold that might have developed over the winter.


After you've cleaned your air conditioner, take a few minutes to inspect the unit. Look for signs of damage on the blades and coils, especially areas that are bent or broken. You'll also need to inspect the wires. Look for areas where rodents might have chewed through them during the winter. If you see signs of damage, you'll need to contact a service technician service like Plisko Service Solutions before you operate your air conditioner.