How To Get Your AC Unit Summer Ready

There are a few things you have to do to make sure your window or outside air conditioning unit is ready for the hot summer ahead. Most of these tasks you can do by yourself and it won’t take very long. Here are three things you should do to prepare your AC unit for the summer.

Change Filter

You should inspect the filter to see if the filter has a lot of dust and debris on it. If it does, you should change it. If you changed the filter after the end of the last cooling system before you stored the AC unit away for the winter and there isn’t any dust and debris on it, you don’t have to change it now.

Check Fan

Turn the AC unit on and check to see if the fan works. There are a number of reasons why the fan won’t work: the bearings could be wearing out, the run or start capacitor could be faulty, or the wires could have corroded. If the fan doesn’t come on, you should call an AC service technician to come over and fix it.

Clean Condenser Coils

You need to inspect the condenser coils. If the condenser coils are broken and have leaked out the coolant, you will also need to call a service technician to see if the coils and coolant can be replaced. In many cases, the coils can't be replaced and you'll need to get a new AC unit.

Dust and debris can build up on the condenser coils which will inhibit the air conditioner’s ability to generate cool air. You need to clean the coils. The best way to clean the coils is wetting the coils down with warm soapy water and then use a soft to medium bristled brush to scrub the debris away. Finish cleaning the coils by rinsing them down with fresh water.

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