Things You Should Do To Prepare Your AC System For Summer
Here we are! It’s Spring 2018! We are doing our Spring inspections now, and we wanted to talk to you about what you as a homeowner can do to help keep your system operating in top condition.
1. Change your filters.
This is one of the easiest things you can do, and it’s so important! If you have one of the big 4-inch filters, you want to change it out every six months. Most people have 1-inch filters, which should be changed every 60-90 days. If you have trouble getting into your attic, making it difficult to get up there to change your filters, give us a call! We’ll be more than happy to come help you out with that. Anything that we can do to help you out with your A/C to keep you cool this summer would be good for us and good for you!
2. Clean your condenser.
This is also really easy. Just get your garden hose and wash all that dirt, dust and pollen off of your outside unit. This is sort of the same idea as changing the filters on your inside unit—get that dust off! Cottonwood pollen is dropping like crazy here in the DFW area, and it will continue to drop until mid-June. Don’t let it clog up your system!
Those are the most important things you can do yourself.
3. Get regular maintenance.
We offer a comprehensive maintenance plan. If you have our maintenance plan, we’ll change your filter and clean your condenser when we come out to check your system. We will also clean out the drain lines and put pan pills in the pan to keep your drain lines clean.
We’ll check your whole system, including freon levels, electrical components, motor amps, electrical voltages, etc. We check for capacitance on our capacitors. We’ll check to see if we can see signs of any potential breakdowns you may have this summer. How do we do that? Capacitors and other electrical components like contactors are wearable parts. Over time, they will deteriorate—typically they last about 5-7 years, and when they fail they cause the motor to fail. That’s why we check these on our maintenance plan—we want to help keep your motor running well!
We’ll also check your available warranties so that if you need a new part we can either warranty out the part or get an appropriate part for you. For instance, we carry replacement capacitors that are heavy duty and have a 5-year warranty. These help your motors run smoothly.
If you have any problems at all, give us a call! We’ll come check out your system and get you cool again!