The end of summer not only means the start of fall weather, but also the switch from cooling to heating your home. But before you make the switch, you’ll want to make sure your AC unit is ready not just for the next few months of dormancy, but also the next time it’s needed. To that end, here are a few end-of-summer tips for thoroughly inspecting your AC unit.
Things You Can Do
There’s plenty you can do to ensure your AC unit remains in top shape throughout the winter and beyond:
- Check and replace the AC air filter. Your air filter’s designed to trap dust and debris that’d otherwise enter your AC unit, so it’s important to swap your used filter with a new, clean one.
- Check for blockages and obstructions. Make sure there isn’t any furniture, drapes or other obstacles blocking the air vents in your home.
- Check the thermostat for proper operation. Make sure the thermostat is able to call for heat as well as air conditioning. If the thermostat is low on batteries, make sure you have a fresh set on hand.
- Check and clean the evaporator and condenser coils. Check for dirt and debris buildup on the coils. If necessary, use warm water, mild detergent and a soft-bristle brush to carefully clean the coils.
- Check and clean the condensate drip tray and drain line. Make sure the drip tray is empty and the drain lines are clear. Also check for mold and algae buildup.
Things Your Technician Should Do
On the other hand, there are some tasks that are better left to the professionals. Here are some of the things you may need to have your HVAC technician do to keep your AC unit in great shape:
- Check the unit’s refrigerant levels.
- Inspect electrical controls and components.
- Lubricate moving components.
- Inspect the ductwork for signs of damage.
- Test all safety controls and limit switches.
Questions about fall-prep? Contact the team at Lucky Air today!