Summer Is (Almost!) Here…Time To Check Your A/C!

by Madeline Pillow on March 30, 2015

By: Madeline Pillow

 

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Jenn Zschunke, Moss Community RelationsBy – Jenn Zschunke (JZschunke@MossBuildingandDesign.com)

 

I know it’s hard to believe but summer heat will be here soon. With winter seemingly over, we might go straight from freezing temperatures to 90 degrees plus heat! With that in mind, it is a good time to have Moss Home Services come to your home and check the air conditioning unit. Believe it or not, after a harsh winter, your air conditioning unit can need several checks to make sure it hasn’t been affected by the winter elements.

There are several steps involved with making sure your air conditioning unit is up to par. Some are possible for homeowners to do themselves, while others are best left to professionals. These are done both outdoors and indoors:

Outdoors:

  1. Check the unit’s panels and make sure none are missing due to wind. A missing panel needs to be replaced.
  2. Remove any covers on coils or lids: some homeowners cover parts (or all) of their air conditioning unit to protect it but then forget to remove them in the spring which can cause problems when the unit is turned on.
  3. Repair or replace any pipe insulation that has been damaged.
  4. Remove debris, leaves, dirt or anything that has accumulated on the outdoor unit and coils.

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Indoors:

  1. Check your air filters. This is one of the least expensive and easiest checks you can do yourself as a homeowner. The filters need to be checked and changed on a regular basis, depending on your unit, and can be purchased at a local store. If your air filters are dirty, even a well-functioning air conditioning unit will be affected.
  2. Check the coil drainage hose. This is a hose that is colder than the air around it and therefore water will condensate on it. It needs to be draining properly otherwise there is a potential for leaks inside your home.
  3. Clean your vents – vacuum out any dust, pet hair, or debris that might have gotten inside them.
  4. Turn on the system on a hot day…after a few minutes, you should feel cool air. If not, and you’ve had the checks done or done them yourself, you might want to have a further professional inspection done on the system.

Jenn Zschunke is a part of the Community Relations department.  She plans HandyMom 101 workshop programs for Moss and coordinates philanthropic activities in her local community.

Photo Credit:

http://rays-hvac.com/spring-air-conditioning-maintenance.html

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