With temperatures already reaching the low 80s in San Antonio, TX, winter is definitely coming to an end! As we get ready to welcome spring and the warm weather that comes along with it, it’s time to start thinking about your air conditioner. Are you doing everything you can between maintenance appointments to ensure that your system functions properly? There are steps you can take to ensure that your AC is ready for the cooling season. We’ve listed some tips below.
Have Your Refrigerant Lines Checked
There are coolant tubes and pipes that run from the evaporator on the air handler to the outdoor condenser unit of your air conditioning system. These are usually covered with insulation to keep them from losing any energy. If you notice frayed or missing insulation, it needs to be replaced. Even if you just suspect a leak, a qualified professional needs to inspect and possibly conduct repairs.
Have the Condenser Unit and Coils Cleaned
It’s normal to have a few leaves or some dirt surrounding your outdoor condenser unit. However, if any of this debris gets inside the unit, it could clog the coils. This obstructs the airflow and cuts down the condenser’s efficiency. Your coils need to be cleaned at the beginning of each cooling season if they are closed. Additionally, debris around the condenser unit should be cleared away on a regular basis.
Clean or Replace Air Filters
When they work effectively, air filters block out dust, debris, allergens, etc. These particles can negatively affect the internal components of your system, and also restrict airflow. Many HVAC experts recommend that your air filters be replaced monthly, however the general rule is that they be checked at least every 3 months.
Call the professionals at Riteway Service Company to learn more about our comprehensive air conditioning services in San Antonio, TX and the surrounding areas.