We’re heading for an intense summer here in the Northeast, which means your central air conditioner is probably going to be getting quite a workout in the months to come.
That makes it even more important than usual to get off on the right foot with your A/C in the coming weeks. To make sure you do, here’s a pre-flight checklist for your cooling system.
- Thermostat – Replace batteries and check for general function. Look for obvious problems: no display, loose wires, etc. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, consider installing one: it’s a simple way to save up to 10 percent on your cooling bill.
- Vents – Move drapes, curtains, furniture, or anything else that prevents cool air from reaching your living space. Clean vents with soap and water to preserve air quality.
- Ducts – Seal any obvious leaks and fix out-of-place duct joints in exposed ductwork areas. If you’ve had your cooling system for five years or more, consider a professional duct sealing, since many leaks are either too small to see or out of sight behind walls.
- Drain line – A blocked drain line will divert water to other places – like back into your house or toward your foundation. Keep it free of debris.
- Filter – A blocked air filter reduces efficiency, and a chronically blocked A/C filter could even put your home cooling system out of commission. Check your air filter about once a month during peak cooling season, replacing it (or cleaning it, depending on the model) when needed.
- Electric – Check switches and circuit breakers to make sure you have power routing to the unit.
- Condenser – Remove covers from your outdoor condenser unit. Check for debris, including leaves, twigs, and nests. Never cover a condenser unit when it is in use!
- Leaks – Look for visible signs of a refrigerant leak, including poor cooling, ice on the evaporator coils, and fluid spots near your A/C condenser. If you see any, contact us for maintenance.
- Maintenance – There is no better way to prepare your air conditioning unit for the season than to have it maintained by a home cooling expert. A NATE-certified technician will replace worn parts, lubricate your system, check your refrigerant, and do all the little things that will keep your home cooling equipment running at its reliable best.
- Upgrade – A 15-year-old air conditioner could have a SEER rating as low as 6 – a far cry from today’s 15+ SEER central A/C units. That translates to hundreds of dollars in cooling bills over the course of a season – not to mention unreliable cooling on days when you need it most.
Summer is weeks away – be ready for it with expert A/C maintenance and air conditioning installations in NJ.
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