As the summer winds down, preparing your AC system for the fall is a good idea. A little elbow grease now will help ensure that your system is in good working order when you need it most throughout the remaining hot days of the year and when you turn it on again in 2024. Additionally, a little prep work now will help prevent costly repairs down the road. Here are some specific steps to prepare your AC system for the fall.
How to Prepare Your AC System for Fall
Change The Air Filter
This is the most important thing you can do to keep your AC system running efficiently. A dirty air filter can restrict airflow and cause your system to work harder, leading to premature wear and tear. As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, you should replace your air filters every 1-3 months depending on certain factors (pets in the home, indoor smokers, age of home, etc.) Here is a guide from Allstate for determining the type of air filter your home needs.
Have Your Condenser Coils Cleaned
The condenser coils are on the outside of your AC unit and help to remove heat from the refrigerant. If these coils are dirty, they cannot do their job effectively, leading to poor cooling performance and poor winterization.
Inspect Your AC Unit
Do a thorough inspection of your air conditioning unit. Are there any visible signs of damage or disrepair? Do you see any leaks, or hear any odd noises? Any of these could be indicators that you AC system needs service, and the sooner you find them, the more likely it is that the issue won’t cause further damage.
Check for Leaks Throughout Your Whole System
Leaks in the refrigerant lines or the evaporator coils can cause your AC system to lose efficiency and eventually stop working. If you see any signs of leaks, have them repaired immediately.
Schedule a Professional Check-Up
A professional HVAC service, like the team at Hoosier Indoor Air, can inspect your AC system for any problems and ensure it is properly maintained. Consider signing up for a service plan while you’re at it – it will save you money upfront, and can help prevent costly repairs.
We Can Help Prepare Your HVAC System for Fall
By following these tips, you can help ensure that your AC system is in good working order and ready for the next season.