Summer is almost here! How do you tell if your air conditioning unit is ready for summer? Check out our three tips to get your unit ready. Don’t wait until those dog days hit! Start now to keep your home cool all summer long.
- Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Let the professionals handle it! The safest and easy way to get your air conditioning unit ready for summer is with scheduled HVAC maintenance for your Jacksonville, Florida home. J&W Heating and Air offers two preventative maintenance plans for your convenience.
HVAC maintenance helps identify problems with your air conditioning unit so that you can avoid unexpected and costly repairs. Instead, fix the issues before they get worse to save yourself inconvenience and money.
An expert technician inspects the AC equipment, cleans or replaces the air filter, and inspects and cleans the evaporator and condenser coils. The condenser is located on the outside of the home while the evaporator is located inside near the furnace. The parts work together to extract heat from your home.
Schedule duct cleaning to remove dust, mold and other allergens from your ventilation system. This improves air quality and helps your system work more efficiently. When your air conditioning unit is working properly, energy efficiency is maximized allowing your home to stay cooler and your energy bill to be lower.
- Clean Your AC Unit
Take the time to prep and clean your air conditioning unit before you turn it on for the season. Over the winter months, dust, grime and debris builds up. To help your system perform well, take the time to clean it up. Also, if you didn’t schedule HVAC maintenance for your Jacksonville home, you will need to do the job yourself.
Start by replacing your air filter. A dirty air filter lowers air quality in your home and makes your AC unit work harder to cool the space. Change your air filter every one to three months for best results.
Inspect and clean the condenser unit outside of your home. Remove any debris like branches and leaves, then hose off your unit to remove dust and dirt. Just like with a dirty air filter, a dirty condenser doesn’t work as efficiently.
The vents inside your home can also fill with dust and debris like pet hair and Legos. Remove the vent covers and vacuum the inside of the vents. If your vent cover has dirt or dust stuck to it, you can wipe it clean with a damp cloth. Dry it completely, especially if it’s metal, to avoid rust.
The air quality inside your home is worse than outdoor air quality. It’s crucial for your health to clean your HVAC system regularly. This is especially true before you operate your AC unit for the summer. Keep your family healthy by keeping your air conditioner and ventilation system clean.
- Test Your Unit
Now that your AC unit is clean, test your unit. The best way to keep your outside condenser clean over the winter is with a cover. Before you turn on your AC unit for the first time this season, remove the cover.
Set your thermostat to cool and adjust the temperature. Consider upgrading your thermostat. Smart thermostats are a solid investment. A smart thermostat allows homeowners to control their thermostat from your smartphone device. Also, a smart thermostat allows you to customize your temperature settings to create energy efficiency and save you money.
To ensure your power source is ready to go, inspect that both the circuit breaker and power switch are turned on for the unit. If you don’t do this step before you start your AC unit and it doesn’t turn on, this is the first thing you should check before calling to schedule repairs.
Once your unit is on, let it run for about 15 minutes to test if it’s cooling. Walk around your home and feel whether cool air is coming out of the vents. If you notice any problems, turn the unit off and call your local HVAC company.
Be Ready for Summer!
Don’t wait for a 95 degree day to turn on your air conditioning unit for the first time. Get started early and be prepared. The easiest way to save money and time is with regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance. An experienced technician ensures your equipment is clean and working properly. Also, they identify damage and needed repairs to keep your system in great shape.
Sign up for our Preventative Maintenance Plans. We offer a Silver and Platinum plan to meet your specific needs and budget. The plans include automatic scheduling for HVAC maintenance, discounts on parts, two annual cleanings and inspections, priority service calls and convenient payment options.
Contact the experts at J&W Heating and Air to schedule HVAC maintenance in Jacksonville, Florida and surrounding areas. We’re committed to offering an excellent customer experience with our expert knowledge and quality service.