There are a few steps you should consider taking each year before summer hits to get the most out of your AC system:
CHECK YOUR THERMOSTAT
Step one is to check your thermostat and be sure you are happy with the settings. If you only have one temperature setting, it is probably an outdated unit and you should consider upgrading to a more energy efficient version.
CHECK YOUR DUCTWORK
Go over your ductwork, especially exposed ductwork, and look for signs of wear, cracks, holes and the like, which can lower the AC efficiency in the home, or could result in cooling loss.
CHECK YOUR AIR VENTS
Walk around your house and look at the air vents in your ceilings, floor boards, or wherever you have them. Remove items that might block airflow, and vacuum the dust out of them if needed.
CHECK YOUR DRAIN LINE
Usually mounted near your unit, you’ll find a drain pipe or piece of PVC. Check this for cracks or leaks and depending on condition flush the line if warranted to keep the line clear.
CHANGE YOUR FILTER
If you haven’t changed your filter recently, now is the time to do it. You should be changing your filter every three months (at the changing of the seasons is a good way to remember to do it).
Make sure all your electrical connections are on. Unless you’ve de-activated them, they probably are, but always check nevertheless.
BE SURE YOUR A/C UNIT IS TURNED ON
You’d be surprised how many problems with air conditioning come down to the unit being turned off. Just check that the power switch is on.
HEAD OUTDOORS TO INSPECT THE UNIT
Check your AC unit to be sure there’s no blockage in or around it. Remove leaves, vines and debris as well as check for missing panels that protect electrical connections.
CHECK COOLANT LINES
Make sure your coolant lines look good and call in the pros if any repairs look like they are needed.
CHECK THE WIRING
Never touch live wires, but inspect them for damage or wear. If you see such damage, call a professional for service.
CALLING THE PROFESSIONALS
If you’re in the Chicago area and you need help servicing, repairing or replacing your HVAC unit, Keefe HVAC is here. Give us a call for more information or to schedule an appointment today!