Tune up your A/C to keep it running well all summer and to even save some money and energy. It’s a great way to avoid expensive repairs as well.
Summer is almost here and in Oklahoma, that means 100+ degree days. Those days will call for a lot of air conditioning and you want to be sure your air conditioner is working properly and efficiently.
While it’s not too hot it’s a good idea to tune up your air conditioner. There are several things you can do to get this done. This will not only make sure it’s working well but also help make sure it’s running efficiently which can help save you money on your electric bill.
How to Tune Up Your A/C
1. Change Your Filter
Something you should be doing all year is changing your air filters at least every 3 months. Here in Oklahoma you likely want to change them at least every other month in the spring and summer. It will help with your seasonal allergies.
Dirty filters are not only bad for our allergies, but they also can cause our HVAC system to work harder and cause more wear and higher electric bills.
Don’t forget to also clean off the dust on the air return vents as well. Doing this often, even more than changing the filter, can also help the filter last longer.
2. Keep Plants Trimmed and Provide Shade
Having your air conditioner in the shade can help it run more efficiently. This can mean savings for you on your electric bill. Just don’t plant it too close.
You want plants to be trimmed back because your air conditioner needs good air flow to work. Also if possible have the tree close enough to provide some shade but not drop too many leaves on it to prevent leaves from building up in the air conditioner.
3. Clean the Drain Line
Your drain line for your indoor unit can build up with algae and other gross stuff. Pouring 1/4 cup of white vinegar down it every 3 months can help keep it clear.
4. Check the Refrigerant Lines
Those copper lines that run between the inside unit and outside unit need foam insulation to help keep the refrigerant cold.
The foam outside can break down quickly with the sun. Replacing it can help make sure the refrigerant is working well. You can find this insulation at most hardware stores.
5. Get a Professional Tune Up
Want to get the best tune-up possible? Consider hiring a professional. They have the tools to check your refrigerant level and can also make sure everything is in the best shape possible to avoid pricey repaired later.
Just make sure to read reviews, check the price, and look for companies that provide guarantees. Companies often offer a guarantee that if the A/C breaks down within the year they will fix it. That’s a nice thing to have during a hot summer.
Taking care of your air conditioner is a good way to ensure it keeps working as long as possible and as well as possible. You will be grateful for that when the temperatures start reaching that 100-degree mark.
Want to find more ways to be ready for summer? Read Ways to Prepare for a Hot Summer.