Getting Your Central Air Conditioner Ready for Summer Use

by January 9, 2014 • 0 comments

Although it may still be cold outside for now, temperatures will soon start warming up. Of course, for those of us in Florida, that means we’ll need to turn on our central air conditioner units to stay comfortable. The following five tips will help you ensure that your unit is ready to work hard for you all summer long.

Change the Filter

This is perhaps the absolute simplest thing you can do to make sure that your central air conditioner is up to the job of keeping your home or business cool during the summer. First and foremost, though, you’ll want to decide what type of filter to use. The manufacturer of your unit likely recommends a certain type or brand, but many of these are interchangeable, as well. You can choose filters that simply remove dirt and debris from the air or you can even get a HEPA filter that will reduce allergens even at the microscopic level.

Check the Condensate Drain System

The condensate drain system is where all of the water goes that is created as your air conditioner cools the air. Remember that your units job is to remove the humidity from the air, and all of that humidity has to go somewhere in the form of water. Depending upon where your blower is located, your condensate drain system may be a gravity-fed drain or a pan installed under the unit itself. In some cases, and particularly in basements, a pump is used to remove this water as it collects. Make sure that you clear out the debris from these drains and ensure that things are flowing smoothly.

Clear the Debris

Central air conditioners are made up of more than what you can see in your home or business; there is also a condenser unit located outside which essentially acts as a radiator. Because its function is to essentially suck in outside air, it’s only natural that things like leaves, dust, pine needles and more will eventually block the fins. Every so often during the cooling season, and again after storms and other significant events, it is important to ensure that all of the debris is cleared away from the condenser.

Check the Ductsjimypic

Finally, you’ll want to be sure that you’ve thoroughly inspected all of the ducts in your home. This means checking that there are no rugs or other furniture covering or otherwise blocking the registers. Then, you may even want to open them up to make sure that no large particles of dirt and debris have become lodged inside. Finally, take the time to check the main ducts all along your house and ensure that they are all properly connected and sealed. This will make sure that the air your air conditioner is working so hard to cool is reaching its intended destination and not being lost in your attic or basement.
Here at A Superior Air Conditioning, we always recommend our 21-point inspection service prior to the cooling season. We will not only take a look at all of the things mentioned above, but we will check your system as a whole so that we can catch potential problems early. Call us today to schedule your appointment!

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