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8 Ways to Prepare Your Air Conditioner and HVAC System for Summer

June 20, 2016 by Timberline

Summertime is here in Boulder and Denver! Time to think about barbecues, swimming pools, vacations…and, of course, making sure your air conditioner is going to work when you need it to.

Proactive air conditioner maintenance and preparation of your HVAC system are the best ways to ensure your system will work, and to save money on potential air conditioner repairs or inefficient energy usage. Choose a good HVAC service company, and take some steps yourself to prepare for combatting the summer heatwaves.

These 8 tips on air conditioner maintenance will help boost your system’s performance this summer, and will save you some dollars while you’re at it:

1. Clean debris away from and out of the condenser and coils

Clearing debris away from the condenser unit outside is the best way to start making sure your system is ready for use once the summer season starts. A clean condenser makes it easier for the unit to remove the heat from the air. Make sure your unit is turned off before starting, then remove debris and clutter from on and near the condenser unit. Once the unit is clean, set aside 5 minutes once per month to make a quick check to ensure the condenser stays clear.

2. Clean indoor ductwork

Just as you would clean the debris from outside, check inside your building or home as well. Much of the ductwork may not be visible inside walls and ceilings, so a full cleaning performed by a professional will help prevent air conditioner repair that could have been avoided.

3. Clean or replace the air filters

Air filters are what clean the air traveling through your air system. Clogged or dirty filters can cause damage to the system, and even aggravate hay fever and allergies symptoms for some. If your filter is fairly clean, it may be okay for a while, but if there’s visible grunge, it may be time for a new filter. If you’re not sure, schedule an appointment with an HVAC professional and they will be able to recommend a plan of action. You may need to clean or replace your air filter more than you think—many professionals recommend changing your air filter up to once per month.

4. Check and maintain the fan belts if applicable

Another important piece of air conditioner maintenance is checking the belts. Belts are an important part of your HVAC system, so be sure to check them regularly, and replace them if needed.

5. Check the insulation on the coolant line

Insulation around the coolant pipe helps your system function efficiently. Replace the insulation if it looks torn or damaged.

6. Turn off the humidifier

If your furnace has a humidifier, switch it to the “off” position. Air conditioning systems help keep the temperature down by removing humidity from buildings.

7. Check the fans

Your thermostat may have a fan switch. Turn the fan switch to “on” and listen for the fan to start. If it doesn’t, give your HVAC professional a call.

8. Schedule a pre-season tune-up by a professional

Scheduling a checkup with a professional could save you a lot of money, time and hassle down the road. It’s best to get your system checked out by a pro before you turn on your air conditioner for the summer.

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