How do I know if my air conditioner is running properly this summer?

June 25, 2018

The hot weather and increased humidity means your air conditioner is putting in a lot of work. The best way to remain cool this summer is to stay on-top of your unit’s upkeep so you can ensure everything is operating correctly. There are a few tips for you to ensure your air conditioner is working as it should during the hotter season.

Keep the Area Around Unit Clear of Brush and Debris

Summer is the most popular to mow your lawn, making it easy for grass clippings and other debris to build up outside of your air conditioner. This can cause a decrease in system capacity and reduced airflow, resulting in your air conditioner working harder and ultimately wearing down earlier. Be sure to frequently remove any debris around your unit so your air conditioner can last as long as possible.

Change or Clean the Air Filter

Frequently replacing or cleaning the air filters in your air conditioner will increase its efficiency. For any questions about which filter to buy or how often you should change it, take a look at the filter itself or feel free to reach out to the team at American HVAC Inc so we can provide a suggestion based on your specific system. For certain filter sizes, we can check and replace them at your routine maintenance visit. It’s important to know that if your air conditioner is in consistent use, it’s subject to dusty conditions, or you have pets, that your filter may need to be cleaned or changed more frequently.

Coil Care

Your air conditioner’s coils gather dirt over time which ultimately decreases airflow and insulates the coil making it harder to absorb heat. The outdoor coils can become dirty if the environment is dusty or if there is nearby shrubbery. Coils can also bend, obstructing airflow through the coil. Our pros can check the coils at your annual maintenance visit to clean or straighten coils when needed.

Keep Up with Your Air Conditioner Maintenance

It is vital to keep up with your annual air conditioner maintenance. The professionals at American HVAC Inc can look at your air conditioner to ensure everything is working correctly, keep coils and filters clean, and much more. Annual maintenance check-ups will help evade major breakdowns and keep your air conditioner working as long as possible. Stay cool in the summer heat by scheduling your annual maintenance appointment so you can be confident that your air conditioner is working properly. Give us a call at 916-243-6714 to schedule your maintenance visit today.