Spring is right around the corner! As a homeowner, you probably spend some time spring cleaning each year and protecting your investment in your home. Well, don’t forget to spread some of that care to the big investment that is your air conditioning unit. All year long, you rely on it to keep you cool when you need it. After last summer of running it the most you will all year and a winter of light use, C.P.R. A/C & Heat wants you to know it’s a good time to do your spring AC checklist.
Change your filter
Right after a heavy use season, your AC filter is going to be dirty. That’s good, it means it’s doing it’s job to keep dust, mold, pollen, and other contaminants out of your air supply. But you don’t want to neglect changing out a dirty filter. Waiting too long to change a filter is one of the biggest reasons air conditioners malfunction before their expected lifespan. So, be proactive. Check the recommendations on your unit. Most will say once every three months, or monthly in high use seasons. If someone in your family has allergies, you will have to change your filter more frequently to get optimal air quality in the home, so plan on once a month if this is the case. We suggest you buy several filters at once when you go to the hardware store so you don’t have to make as frequent of visits to track down a filter with specific dimensions.
Get a maintenance appointment or repairs done
Every year, you should have a technician visit to perform a tune up on your AC. Think of this like the regular oil change you do on your car. That’s an investment you make to protect its engine and keep the car reliable. The same principle can be applied to your air conditioner. You need a technician to clean the areas behind the filters where dirt builds up over a hard summer’s use. A technician also need to look over the mechanical and electrical work and check on the fan, compressor, and condenser units to make sure everything is operating smoothly. These visits will really save you money in repairs, because a technician can make a small adjustment saving you from repair or replace a small part showing wear. This helps avoid big repair jobs and extends the lifespan of your unit. We can help you with residential AC repairs in Denham Springs, LA.
Clean up outdoors
If you have central air, go outside to your compressor and condenser area. Clear away all debris nearby it to help avoid anything jamming inside.
Do some financial planning for the long haul
If you haven’t done so recently, make a plan for your AC. If your unit is over 10 years old, you should look at a few newer models to see how much to save for a replacement down the road. We recommend having this in the back of your mind so you’re in a good financial position if you need to replace your unit. This will also help you decide if it’s worth repairing a unit versus replacing it if you’re in that situation.