Summer isn't quite over yet, but the end is nearly in sight. With temperatures beginning to fall back to cooler levels, it's time to say "see you later!" to your home's air conditioning system. Of course, you also want to make sure that your air conditioner is ready to go before the heat returns next summer.
The best way to keep the winter from taking a toll on your AC is to perform a little end-of-season upkeep. While you can take these same steps next spring, it can pay to handle them when you know you won't need your air conditioner for a while. These three post-summer tips will help you keep your AC in tip-top shape for next year.
1. Clean Up Your Condenser
Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to cover your condenser for the winter. The outdoor components in your AC system are usually weather-resistant and should stand up to most winter storms without a problem. Covering the unit can also provide a hiding place for rats or other small pests, potentially making your purchase somewhat counterproductive.
Instead, clear any weeds or other debris around your air conditioner. You'll need to clean up nearby leaves in the fall, too, but taking care of excess growth now can make the job easier. Not only will your system function better with improved airflow, you'll also eliminate hiding places for rodents that may be looking for a warm place to nest.
2. Check and Replace Your Filter
If your home uses a forced-air heating system, both your heat and air conditioning share a single air filter. These filters typically need replacement every 3-12 months, depending on conditions in your home and the filter type. Although some filters can last for a whole year, it's usually a good idea to check them every season, at a minimum.
Even if your home uses hydronic heating, you should still consider checking and replacing (if necessary) your filter before the winter season approaches. By taking care of this task now, you won't risk forgetting when summer returns and turning on your AC with a clogged filter.
3. Schedule an Inspection
You should hire an HVAC technician to inspect your home's heating and cooling systems a few times per year. You can do this at any time, but doing it during the fall offers some unique advantages. Since the weather is usually relatively temperate, you won't need your air conditioner or heater as much. As a result, you'll have more time to deal with any problems the technician may discover.
It's easy to forget about annual maintenance check-ups, but they're a critical component in ensuring that your air conditioner lasts for as long as possible. Contact a local air conditioning service, such as Mike's Heating and Air, to learn more.
My name is Maura, and I am certified in HVAC installation and repair. I have many clients who call me in a panic because they have turned on their air conditioners and nothing has happened. Your air conditioning technician will get to you as soon as possible, but there are some steps you can take while you are waiting. You might just find that you are able to fix the problem on your own, although you will still want to have a professional assess the situation. In this blog I will take you through some common reasons your air conditioner might not be working and show you some easy temporary solutions.