Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

With spring in full swing and summer fast approaching, it’s time to set up all features of our lives for the toastier weather, and that includes our homes. It may not be time to turn on your air conditioner just yet, but you should still be considering how you will stay cool this season in Des Moines. The greatest way to guarantee that you will have a cozy 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 few 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 trial run as soon as you can. You don’t want your air conditioner to break down on the most blistering day of the year and make your home grossly warm. So, switching your thermostat to its cooling mode and permitting it to run, even for a few minutes, will be a great trial run that can save you a lot of future problems. Ensure that cool air is moving into your home, and if it’s not, here are a couple of things to check before calling the pros at Heartland Heating & Cooling:

  • Make sure your system was set to cool. It’s an easy mistake and one that is made regularly, but if you haven’t switched your thermostat from the heat setting, cool air won’t be flowing. Simple problem, easy solution!
  • Check the unit outside. Double check to see if there are any obstructions around your system, such as items or dirt, that can clog your air flow and cool air production.
  • Change your filters. As always, 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 produce an comfortable environment for air to flow through.

Once you’ve tested things out – your system is programmed to cool, and the unit and filters are clean – and you still aren’t feeling any cool air, it’s time to call in the professionals if there are problems. Annual air conditioner service should be on your radar at this time every year anyhow, so now is the ideal time to inspect every feature of your system before the heat hits. The specialists at Heartland Heating & Cooling will not only fix the current issue at hand, but they will also address any small potential issues that could turn into bigger difficulties later.

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

Everyone relies on their air conditioner to get them through the summer and it can be easy to ignore how crucial your system is to your summer comfort. Don’t worry about your air conditioner shutting down and instead, be proactive about testing and servicing your system before the heat wave strikes. If you have any questions about your system or want to schedule that annual air conditioner service, call our professionals at 515-344-3579 or make an appointment with us online.

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