Air conditioning is a lifesaver when temperatures rise in the summer. But if you want your AC system to keep working well all summer, you need to do a few simple maintenance tasks before you turn it on for the year.
Clean the outdoor unit.
The outdoor condenser unit has been sitting unused for some time, so chances are, it has accumulated some dirt and perhaps even some larger debris like leaves and twigs.
In most homes, ducts connect the heating and cooling systems to the registers in the individual living spaces. However, over time, these conduits can get filled with a lot more than conditioned air. Everything from pet hair to food particles to coins can end up in your heating and cooling ducts. Having your ducts cleaned is not something you have to do every season. HVAC professionals recommend having this done every three to five years.
HVAC contractors typically offer an annual maintenance and inspection service for central air conditioners that can prove extremely beneficial. Unfortunately, far too many homeowners choose not to use these services. Instead, these homeowners will simply wait until something goes wrong with their air conditioner to hire a qualified contractor to address the problem. If you are among this group of homeowners, taking the time to review all of the benefits that come along with using an annual air conditioning service can help to ensure you never again make the mistake of neglecting this important maintenance.