Six Things You Can Do To Prepare Your Air Conditioner For Rising Temperatures

You need to make sure that your air conditioner is going to function properly when you're relying on it once it gets hot outside.

Spring is right around the corner. You can prepare for the warm weather to keep your household comfortable in the coming months. The following are six thing you should do in the coming weeks to prepare your air conditioner for rising temperatures this spring.

Clean off the outdoor coil

There are a lot of general cleaning tasks that can really improve an air conditioner's efficiency when it starts getting used in the spring. Cleaning air conditioner parts can not only enhance efficiency, but also improve the air quality on the interior of your home.

If your AC system includes an outdoor unit, leaves and other debris could blow up against its outdoor coil and restrict air flow. You can clean away debris to ensure that your AC can circulate air without having to work extra hard. 

Replace air filters

One of the most important and easiest maintenance tasks is changing air filters. Air filters will inevitably gather debris over time, and clogs in air filters will also restrict air movement in your AC unit. 

Inspecting air filters occasionally is important. However, going into the warm season, you probably should just replace them, even if you don't find that they're very dirty, to maximize AC effectiveness. 

Remove debris from return grills and supply vents 

Debris can also build up on an AC unit's grills and supply vents. Ideally, you will prepare your AC unit for the off season in the fall by covering vents with plastic to keep debris out.

If you haven't done this, you can still give vents and grills a thorough cleaning before spring to prevent backwards air flow in your system. 

Apply lubricant

Applying lubricant to moving parts of your air conditioner will reduce wear and tear on your system and put off repair needs as long as possible. Moving parts that you might want to consider lubricating include the motor and fan. 

Make sure your refrigerant level is normal

You can check to make sure your refrigerant is full so that you're aware of any leaks that have developed. You should never run out of refrigerant. If the refrigerant level is low, it could indicate a leak that needs to be repaired. 

Flush out your unit's condensate drain

If you go in to the warm season with a condensate drain that contains debris, you'll be more likely to develop clogs in the drain once it gets humid outside. Flush out the condensate drain of your AC unit in the spring to prevent this problem. 

If you don't have the time to complete these tasks yourself, hire an HVAC company like Metro Air to do so for you.