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Summer is right around the corner, so you should be considering putting your air conditioner close to full blast by now with spring weather in full effect. Is your home ready for the heat?
You will need your air conditioner to be in tip-top shape. It needs to perform effectively for the hot months ahead of you. A little preventative AC maintenance now will save you a big headache later.
Checklist for Your Air Conditioner
If you haven’t checked already this spring, take time to do a necessary inspection of your AC unit. Here are a few things you can do yourself to make sure your family remains comfortable this year.
Clear Away Debris From Your Outdoor Unit
Grass, weeds, and other outdoor debris can clutter or clog your outdoor unit and cause it to underperform. Strong summer storms can blow branches and other materials onto or into your unit, causing damage. Take time to clean any items off of or from around your AC.
Replace The Air Filters Again
If you don’t know the last time your air filters were changed, you must change them now. A clean air filter contributes to a properly-functioning AC unit. It’s an easy fix you can do yourself and relatively inexpensive. Set a reminder in your phone or calendar every three months, as filters need to be replaced seasonally. If you have allergy sufferers in your home or pets, you may want to change your filters more frequently. You can also call one of our HVAC technicians for a routine AC maintenance visit to help with any filter issues.
Don’t Ignore Your Coils
Many homeowners choose to sweep or hose off their coils every so often, which is okay for you to do. But at least once per year, you should have them professionally cleaned and serviced.
Typically this happens earlier in the year, but there is no time like the present to get ahead on the summer AC maintenance. A little clean-up now will save you a much bigger headache down the road.
Stop, Look, And Listen To Your Unit
Many homeowners forget that sometimes the most important thing you can do for your unit is to give it a visual inspection yourself or listen to your AC unit running.
If you’re outside on a hot day, pay attention to what your AC sounds like when it turns on. If it seems louder than usual, or if you hear noises that didn’t used to occur, you might want to schedule an AC maintenance visit. Likewise, if you notice anything different about how your unit looks, make sure you get a second opinion in the form of a licensed professional.
Call Dixie For All Your AC Maintenance Needs
Calling our team is a wonderful solution to ensuring your air conditioner is ready to face the dog days of an Alabama summer heatwave. We offer air conditioning tune-up services that include:
- Checking electrical connections
- Testing the thermostat
- Cleaning the indoor unit
- Cleaning the outdoor unit
- Changing the air filter
- Checking refrigerant levels
- Verifying condensate drainage levels
- Testing the system for optimal performance
Remember, if you don’t feel comfortable working on your unit yourself, don’t attempt a DIY repair. Stay safe, and keep your cool (literally!) by talking with one of our HVAC technicians.
Call Dixie And It’s Done!
At Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air, your satisfaction is guaranteed. For plumbing, electrical, or heating and air services, our highly trained technicians will do it right the first time, on time, every time. For coupons and discounts on all the services Call Dixie has to offer, click here. To schedule a service with Call Dixie, call 334.328.3570 for Montgomery, or call 334.246.4914 for Auburn. You can also schedule an appointment online.