Most people in Maryland consider air conditioning maintenance a part of their spring or summer routine. The fact is the spring and early fall are both good times to conduct maintenance on your air conditioning. It is common for the scorching summer temperatures to have impacted your air conditioning system.
An end of summer AC tune-up, though, can ensure your system is ready to go for any “Indian Summer” days we may yet experience, and keep your family cool while being at home more. If there is a problem or potential problem, there is plenty of time to get it repaired or order any needed parts. If an AC tune-up discovers serious issues, you will have time to make a repair or replace decision.
End of year maintenance, along with spring maintenance can help your AC unit run more efficiently, last longer, and reduce overall maintenance costs.
AC Maintenance Checklist:
Replace the Air Filter
Hopefully, this is not the first time you are replacing your AC filter this summer but even if it is, now is an important time to make sure it is done. Changing air filters frequently is one of the easiest and cost-effective ways to help the performance of your air conditioner.
Make Sure Your AC Unit Has Room to “Breathe”
Over the summer, grass and bushes may have grown up and around your outside AC unit. This can eventually keep it from getting sufficient air circulation. Clear out any brush, grass, and leaves from the area before cold weather arrives.
Clean the Coils and Condensate Line
Dirty coils and a blocked condensate line can cause a variety of issues with your outdoor AC unit. End of summer maintenance should include a thorough AC coil cleaning. While many will choose to “broom off” or “hose off” AC coils, at least once a year these units should be professionally cleaned.
Listen to Your AC Unit and Give It a Visual Inspection
Look for any frayed wires, rust, or animal activity. Listen for any unusual sounds or rattling. Look for any outward signs of wear or damage that may have occurred during the summer, especially from mowers and string trimmers. Check for refrigerant leaks outside or fluid leaks indoors.
Combine Your End of Summer AC tune Up with a Furnace Tune-Up
More and more families are discovering the value of having their furnace tune-up for the fall at the same time they perform end-of-summer AC tune-up. This gives them peace of mind in knowing their entire HVAC system is cleaned, maintained, and ready for the seasons ahead. Things can get very busy quickly in the fall, and these are two projects that can be handled early and easily.
Call GAC Services
GAC Services can help you get the most out of your HVAC system with thorough maintenance and tune-up services. You will benefit from a longer cooling system lifespan, repair and breakdown prevention, lower overall repair costs, and a higher cooling and heating efficiency.