Feel that first wave of humidity? Spring is on the way and summer is right around the corner. This is one of the most beautiful and family-friendly times of year. Art Festivals and foliage regrowth are the bridge between the heating and cooling seasons here in New Port Richey.
But, these are the days when you should be begin prepping your home’s A/C system for the hot, humid days ahead.
Don’t be caught off guard when the heat settles in and your air conditioner breaks down just when you need it most. While a precision tune-up and professional cleaning should be on the agenda, here are a few simple steps you can take yourself to help prevent air conditioning repair and breakdowns.
1) Check your outdoor unit for leaves and debris buildup. Your cooling system works by transferring heat out of and away from your indoor living environment. This transfer works only when the coils that surround your outdoor unit are clean and unobstructed
2) Check for weeds and vines that have grown up and into the outdoor section of your AC system. Over time, these weeds and vines can block the transfer of heat from the outdoor cooling coil, causing a reduction in efficiency, a decrease in cooling capacity, and an increase in your utility costs.
3) Be sure the outdoor unit is elevated and supported by a solid concrete base. If the outdoor section is level with the ground moisture, buildup around the unit will cause premature rust and deterioration at the metal base of the unit. This, in turn, leads to a reduced life span and a dramatic increase in repair costs.
4) Be sure the outdoor doesn’t have growth or obstruction above or near it. If the fan that blows the heat up and away from the unit is obstructed, this will increase the temperature around the outdoor section which greatly reduces its cooling efficiency. Nearby bushes and shrubs also prevent the transfer of heat, so cut back or remove any growth that is closer than 18 inches to the unit
5) Check your indoor return grills for obstructions. Newer homes have return grills in the ceiling or high sidewalls but many homes still have lower sidewall return grills. Be sure the grills do not have any furniture or obstructions closer than 12 inches or so. The central air conditioner can only deliver as much air as it is supplied from the return air system, do don’t cut off its intake air.
6) Check the filter(s) in the indoor section. You may have more than one filter and sometimes not even know it. Check the indoor unit for a filtration system but check all of your return grills as well. Many return air systems have one or more hinged “filter-back” grills that, when opened, allow access to that may be housed within the grill itself.
Bay Area Air Conditioning provides the most thorough AC tune-ups in New Port Richey this time of year. Our Precision Tune-up and Professional Cleaning will restore your A/C system to factory operational standards, reducing your energy costs and helping to prevent unneeded A/C repair service.