Here in Las Vegas, we have experienced a somewhat mild winter, and this leaves many homeowners thinking about their AC system and whether or not it’s ready to keep them cool this summer. There are several things you can do to make sure your AC system is working as efficiently as possible this summer. Hal Mechanical is here to share some tips to keep your cooling costs down this summer.
Clean the Outside AC Condenser Unit
Your outdoor unit may be an out of sight, out of mind kind of a situation. However, it’s important that you think about it as you are getting ready for summer. Because it is outside, there is a significant number of debris that can collect around the unit and cause restricted airflow problems. Some items that you may find crowding the unit include trash, leaf litter, toys and other items frequently found in your backyard. It is important that they are removed, and your AC unit has room to breathe.
Change Your Air Filter
The filter in your AC unit should be changed frequently to ensure your system is getting proper air flow. This small part of your system can really end up costing you when it is left in there dirty. Without airflow, your entire system has to work harder than it should to get the job done. This small act is often forgotten or overlooked by homeowners and it ends up costing them in energy bills.
Clean AC Coils & Fins
Beyond cleaning up the space around your outdoor AC unit, you need to make sure the coils and the fins on the unit are also clean. It isn’t uncommon for mud, dust and other debris to accumulate on these areas in the unit. If they continue to be covered in dirt and dust, the unit won’t be able to work as it should and could cause unnecessary repairs too. It is important that you take great care when cleaning these areas though because they can be easily damaged.
Does a Condenser Unit Need to Be Level?
Your outdoor unit sits on a concrete slab. It is extremely important that the concrete slab your unit sits on is level. If it isn’t, it can throw your unit out of whack. When dealing with an unlevel slab, you can use gravel, wood and other materials to help you level things out.
What Maintenance Does an Air Conditioner Need?
Maintenance is one of the best ways you can save on energy costs each summer. You should schedule a maintenance appointment before you are in the thick of hot summer days to ensure your AC system is ready to take on the task. At Hal Mechanical, we provide excellent AC maintenance services in which we thoroughly clean, inspect and perform any necessary repairs on your unit. Catching these repairs while they are small will save you big in the long run.