Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

May 09, 2016

With spring underway and summer imminent, it’s time to prep all parts of our lives for the hotter weather, and that involves our homes. It may not be time to use your air conditioner just yet, but you should still be thinking about how you will stay cool this season in Rapid City. The greatest way to make sure that you will have a comfortable summer is by flipping on your system now, before it gets too humid and you realize that you need air conditioner service. Here are a handful of tips to make sure your system, and your house, is prepared for the heat:

Try it out now!

It really is important to give your system a test run ASAP. You don’t want your air conditioner to break down on the most blistering day of the year and make your home unpleasant. So, switching your thermostat to its cooling mode and permitting it to run, even for a few minutes, will be a perfect trial run that can save you a lot of future issues. Ensure that cool air is flowing into your home, and if it’s not, here are a few things to check before calling the professionals at Precision Mechanical:

  • Make sure your system was set to cool. It’s a simple mistake and one that is made regularly, but if you haven’t switched your thermostat from the heat setting, cool air won’t be blowing. Simple setback, simple solution!
  • Check the unit outside. Verify to see if there are any obstructions around your system, such as plants or dirt, that can jam your air flow and cool air production.
  • Change your filters. As you’ve heard before, this step is critical to refining the work of your air conditioning system. With fresh and new filters, your cool air will be cleaner and it will establish an easier environment for air to flow through.

Once you’ve tried things out – your system is programmed to cool, and the unit and filters are clean – and you still aren’t getting any cool air, it’s time to call in the experts if there are problems. Routine air conditioner service should be on your radar this time of the year anyway, so now is the best time to inspect every feature of your system before the summer hits. The professionals at Precision Mechanical will not only repair the current difficulty at hand, but they will also deal with any small potential issues that could turn into bigger problems later.

Chances are that if your home isn’t cooling effortlessly, your system might be lacking refrigerant based on low levels or even a leak. If you observed that ice was forming when you examined your outdoor unit, that may be an signal that you need more refrigerant. During an air conditioner maintenance check, our specialists can fix any leaks in your lines or refrigerant shortages.

Everyone trusts their air conditioner to get them through the summer and it can be easy to forget how important your system is to your summer relaxation. Don’t fret about your air conditioner breaking down and instead, be preemptive about checking and servicing your system before the heat wave hits. If you have any questions about your system or want to set up that annual air conditioner service, call our experts at 605-206-2564 or set up an appointment with us online.