How to Prep Your AC for a Summer Heat Wave

There are still a few more weeks in the summer and some of the biggest heat waves happen at the tail end of the season – like summer is trying to hold on with everything its got. Heat waves can be unbearable – there is no way around that - but the least you can do is make sure you are comfortable in your own home from the blazing heat. When it comes to heat waves, your air conditioning unit is your best ally. However, if you haven’t maintained or made any repairs to your AC unit, or if your AC unit has been through a few previous heat waves, chances are that you need to take a few steps to prepare your unit for another brutal heat wave. Here is how to prep your AC for a summer heat wave.

First, it is important to make sure that the outdoor unit of your AC unit doesn’t have any debris in the fans. At the tail end of the summer, leaves and branches can tend to make their way into your AC unit. If you don’t clear out this debris before you blast your air conditioner, you could have a serious problem on your hands. For instance, you could overwork the motor, or you could cause the fan rotor to break. So, make sure to clear out all debris.

Also, it is critical that you clean off the AC coils. Your air conditioning coils are one of the most important components of your AC unit, but overtime they can become dirty and covered with debris. So, it is important to carefully clean this integral part of your air conditioner. There are a number of tools you can use, like compressed air, rags and some light cleaning solutions.

Next, you always want to make sure to change your air conditioner’s filter. When it comes to air conditioning preventative maintenance, changing the filter might just be the most important. After a couple of months of blasting the air conditioner unit, you might start to notice your air conditioner slowing down, or not providing enough cooling power. Chances are that this has to do with a dirty filter. When an air conditioner sucks in the air from room to then cool it, it needs to filter out all sorts of dirt and debris. Yet, overtime, if you don’t clean out the filer, the dirt and debris can get to be too much, so the air conditioner starts to work inefficiently. AC filters are easy to install and affordable to buy.

Lastly, if your AC unit requires ductwork, you want to make sure that you don’t have any serious leaks. One leak in your ductwork and you could be wasting a significant amount of time and money. One of the best ways to check for leaks is to go from room to room in your home while your air conditioner is on full blast. If one room doesn’t seem to be affected by the cool air, chances are there is a leak. All you need to do is open up the vent and then find the leak. Once you do find it, you can simply patch it up with some epoxy resin and that should do the trick.

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