You can feel it, summer’s on the way. Temperatures are already rising and the days are getting longer. But while you’re planning for your summer vacation or your pool party, take a minute to look at your air conditioning system. We all know that Texas summers can bring some brutal heat which, in turn, can be taxing on your AC system. Taking care of your system before the temperatures reach triple digits will help you save money on your energy bill and prevent some problems that can strike your system on those record setting hot days.

Change the filter

Change out air filters to promote better airflow.

Change out air filters to promote better airflow.

One common cause of AC problems is a dirty filter. A filter is used to clean allergens and dust from the air before returning it to the rooms in your home. When the filter becomes dirty and clogged, the airflow is restricted and it takes more energy from your system to circulate the cool air. A good rule of thumb is to change one inch filters every month, regardless of how long the packaging says it will last. A four inch filter typically should be looked at after three months but can last up to six months.

The filter will be located either in a return grill or in the system itself, but not both. (If you don’t know where your filter is located, be sure to call us!) If your filter is in a return grill, open the latch on the grill, take out the old filter and immediately take it to the outside dumpster. Use a damp cloth to wipe excess dust off the grill before placing the clean filter back inside and closing the latch.

If your filter is in the indoor AC unit, be sure to use caution when opening the filter door to remove the dirty filter. Dispose of the filter in an outside trash bin and slide the new filter into place. The new filter should have arrows on it telling you which way to put it in. (If working inside your unit makes you nervous, you know where to find us!)

Remember, not all filters are disposable. If you have a reusable one, clean it with an air compressor or water.

Clear debris around the outside unit

Make sure the unit has plenty of room.

Make sure the unit has plenty of room.

To keep the outside unit running smoothly, it needs at least two feet of unobstructed space around it. Fences, covers, tall grass, branches and plants are all things that could reduce the airflow into your unit and cause it to run inefficiently. Remove debris and keep the area around your unit clear before running your air conditioning system and you’ll be helping the unit do its job without any extra trouble.

During the warmer months, be sure to periodically check your outdoor unit for debris that might have gotten in the way.

Schedule a tune up

 Scheduling a tune up for your system is one of the best things you can do before the summer heat sets in. A tune up will ensure that all components of your air conditioning system are working per the manufacturers specifications. In addition to the things listed here, a technician will take a look at the inner workings of your system and be able to identify any weak spots. Having a licensed technician work on your system will save you time and any potential headaches.

For more information or to schedule your tune up, call 940-566-1122.

We hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather!