Learning About Furnaces

Keep Your Home Cool When The Weather Gets Hot

If you live in a part of the country that is hot in the summer months, keeping the air conditioning system in your home running properly is important. There are a few things you can do to make sure that the system is going to work properly and keep it running all summer.

Keep it Clear

A good place to start is outside around the air conditioning unit. Cut back any vegetation around the unit so air can get into the unit and the exhaust fan will work properly. Anything that grows into the openings in the unit could cause problems with the components inside the unit. 

Belts and wiring inside the air conditioner need to be free of obstructions, and if there is organic matter growing into the unit, it could become an appealing home for snakes or small animals that you just do not want inside the air conditioning unit. 

Change the Air Filters 

One of the easiest things you can do to keep your air conditioning working properly is to change the air filters on the system. They are very simple to change and the difference in airflow through a clean filter versus a dirty filter can make a significant difference in the efficiency of the air conditioning unit. Many of these units will shut down if the filter is too dirty because of the flow restriction. 

Most air conditioning units have filters on the intake side of the system where the air comes into the home and on the air return in the home. Check and change both filters at the same time with new filters for best performance. These filters are not designed to be reused or cleaned, and the cost of new filters are very reasonably priced at most home centers or hardware stores. 

Set up a Service Schedule

Servicing the air conditioning system is not something you are going to do directly, but it is important to set up a service schedule that includes having a technician come out and service the unit every six months to a year. The tech will check the belts, switches, and controllers in the system, as well as making sure you have enough refrigerant in the system for the air conditioner to function properly.

If the system needs to be recharged, the technician can take care of it, but they will also check for leaks around hoses and fittings to make sure you are not losing the refrigerant that they are putting into the system. For more information, contact an AC repair service.