“How do I prepare and make sure that my air conditioning unit is ready for the summer?” is a question that many an AC service hears over and over.
Of course, they always respond it’s best to get prepared ahead of time and not wait until the summer heat is upon you. The best time to have your unit checked is in the springtime. The AC services are not backed up then, with service requests, like they very often are during the summer by those folks who haven’t been conscientious, like you, and are unprepared for the summer.
Next, they will remind you that it’s always necessary to keep your unit, both inside and out, clear of debris or hindrances for a clean and clear area around the unit. Naturally, the inside is much easier to deal with than the outside, which can collect leaves, twigs, vines and such to inhibit the air flow around the unit. But, oftentimes, the inside units can also collect items around them to reduce the unit’s optimum performance. These may seem like simple suggestions, and they are. However, not taking these simple suggestions into account, can cause real issues with your unit, and you will be kicking yourself for not taking the time to do them.
The AC service will then, more than likely, inform you that an annual maintenance checkup by a certified HVAC technician would definitely be a part of the plan. That way, the technician can diagnose any issues with your unit and fix them before they become major issues and before the heat of the summer, when you would definitely not want to be having major service issues.
Many also advise that, during peak summer heat, it is advisable to change the unit’s air filter once a month, and this is a task that the homeowner can do himself. Others say to change your filter once a month all year long. The best thing would be for you to keep an eye on the filter to see how dirty it is and change it as often as is needed with the ultimate goal being a clean air filter for clean air flow and best results with your AC unit.
Most companies will offer discounts to regular (preferred) customers who sign up for an annual or semiannual routine maintenance service on their units. They will offer these customers first-in-line service during the peak times if there is an issue and they require service. They also give discounts to these preferred customers for any necessary repairs.
So, a regular maintenance plan on an AC unit is well worth the money spent by saving you money on any needed repairs, preferential treatment, and lower energy costs.