As the crazy heat in the KC area approaches, it is always a good idea to do maintenance on your air conditioning system before you start using it on a regular basis. The air conditioning experts at R-Mech Heating, Cooling & Plumbing are always available to perform a complete multi-point inspection and tune-up of your system. However, there are some steps you can take by yourself to make sure your air conditioner is closer to being ready for the warm weather. Always be careful when performing your own tune-up and call R-Mech if you have any issues. Performing a short check and inspection of your system can prevent issues in the future and can help ensure you have a stress-free and cool summer.
Check Your Thermostat
It may seem obvious, but one of the first things you should do is make sure your thermostats are calibrated to the correct temperature settings and that they are operating properly. An issue with an air conditioning system can sometimes just be contained in the electronic components of a thermostat. Make sure to check and set any thermostat timers so you don’t waste energy cooling your home when it is not necessary.
Replace Air Conditioning Filters
Something that should be done not only at the beginning of the season but throughout the year is changing your air conditioner filters. We recommend checking these filters every month and replacing if necessary. Changing your air conditioning filters on a regular basis will extend the life of your air conditioning system. You may also notice an increase in the efficiency of your system, resulting in more uniform cooling and lower energy bills. If your system uses fiberglass filters, these should be replaced one per month. If other types of filters are used, these may not have to be replaced for 4-6 months.
Keep the Unit and Surrounding Area Clean
Depending on where your outdoor AC unit is located, you may have to perform some spring cleaning on it. Make sure the air conditioning system is free of any debris, including leaves, trash, and dirt. A system that is partially covered may not operate as efficiently. The air conditioning system’s coils are designed to transfer heat and anything blocking them may limit how effectively this can be done.
Clean Your Supply and Return Vents
The first part of this step is to make sure that no furniture, rugs, or other household items are covering your air supply and air return vents. Once this is done, the vents and grills should be dusted, cleaned, and vacuumed if necessary. This is especially important if you have pets and there is accumulated fur that may block the flow of air either into or out of your home. Doing a complete cleaning of your grills at the beginning of the season will help make sure that your system will operate at peak efficiency for the entire summer season.
These maintenance tips can help you get started on getting your air conditioning system ready for summer, however nothing replaces a full air conditioning maintenance checkup by a R-Mech Heating, Cooling & Plumbing professional. We will go above and beyond the steps listed here to make sure your system is operating effectively and efficiently. We’re always available to check and maintain the air conditioning systems of our Kansas City and surrounding area Neighbors. Give our air conditioning maintenance experts a call at (816) 920-5955 or contact us online today!