Making the effort to prepare your AC before summertime can pay off in the form of low energy bills and uninterrupted AC usage. You don’t want your AC unit breaking down in the middle of a heatwave because the filter, coil, or some other mechanical component has malfunctioned. Here are five tips on how to get your AC unit ready.

Check Your Filter

Your AC unit’s filter is the part responsible for blocking dirt, debris, and other materials that are sucked in with the air. If your filter is clogged, the AC runs inefficiently, which means higher utility bills. Either clean your existing filter or replace it. The U.S. Department of Energy advises people to replace their AC filter every month or two.

Check the Condensation Lines

While your AC unit is running, condensation accumulates and is carried away from your AC through condensation lines. Over time, the line can get clogged and it could back up into the AC. If not resolved, the issue can turn into a messy and expensive problem. Locate where the line drains out and make sure it is unobstructed.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat can pay for itself over the long run. If you don’t already have one for your AC unit, consider getting a programmable thermostat. Modern thermostats are fairly easy to install without the need for special training or tools.

Get Rid of Debris Surrounding the Outside of Your AC

The exterior portion of your AC unit accumulates dirt, debris, leaves, grass, pebble, and other materials that shouldn’t be there. Cut the grass and clean out the grills surrounding your AC’s external portion. This will greatly improve your AC’s performance and efficiency.

Consult Your Local Expert

Most of the maintenance checks and minor repairs that you’ll want to do on your HVAC system require specific tools, delicate and trained hands, and time. Our experts at Gatewood Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can take all of these requirements off your hands. We’ve been serving the Sonora, CA, area for decades now and is available 24/7. Give us a call today to discuss your HVAC needs, financing options, and more!

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