Summer is coming to Delaware County and pretty soon snow blowers will turn into golf carts, the RV covers will come down and the swimming pools will fill with water. It’s a great time of year, but before you can dive into summer and start enjoying yourself and the warm weather, you must make sure that your AC is prepared for the heat of the season. William Henderson Inc. has a few tips to ensure that your air conditioner is primed and ready to cool.
The first order of business is to make sure that the air conditioner was not visibly damaged during the winter season. Hopefully, it was covered during winter, which goes a long way to protecting the casing and the innards of the appliance. A quick check of the outside should let you know if your AC unit experienced wind damage or any other kind of physical abuse.
On the inside you will want to check the drain tray. Many times this can become stuffed with leaves, dirt and other debris. The drain tray is an important part of the air conditioner and must remain clean at all times. Pull out the tray and use a shop vacuum to get at any dirt or debris inside. Once the tray is clean, replace it.
Next, check to make sure that the filter is new and clean. A dirty filter will cause your AC unit to work harder than it needs to. Diminished air flow wears down the heat pump and other moving parts and also causes the unit to use more energy, costing you more money.
Finally, clean the coils with warm water and mild detergent. Hardware stores also sell a coil cleaning solution if your coils are really dirty. Like a filter, clean coils allow the AC to function at peak performance. After the coils have soaked for a while, rinse them with clean water and let them dry.
If after all this your AC unit is still not working correctly you may need to hire a professional to check to make sure your heat pump is functioning properly. If you find yourself looking for heat pump repair in Delaware County, look no further than William Henderson heating and cooling. With over 30 years experience, we know how to get your cooling system up and running in no time.