Complete checklist before using ACIt’s hard to imagine right now, but those warm summer days are on their way. That means in the next few months, you’re going to turn on your air conditioner for the first time this year.

But if you want to stay cool while staying safe and saving money, you need to complete this checklist first.

1. Clean Up Your Yard, Especially Around Your Condenser Unit

After the winter we’ve had, your yard is going to need some clean up, particularly around the outdoor condenser unit of your AC. There should be approximately 18 inches of clearance around it so you and our techs can safely navigate around it.

2. Clean Your Condenser Unit

We highly recommend to everyone in the fall that they should cover their condenser units. If you have, this needs to be removed before you turn on your air conditioner.

Whether you used a condenser cover or not, the outdoor unit should be cleaned. This way you can look for any apparent damage. To clean your condenser unit, use a bucket of water and gentle soap, or carefully spray it down with a hose.

Once your condenser unit is clean, make a note of any visible problems, like leaks or cracks. These are issues that should be addressed by one of our service pros right away.

Tip: Knowing how your air conditioner works is a big help to catching and preventing problems. You’ll also know what to look for come spring. Learn more >

3. Replace or Clean the Air Filter

Your furnace filter is an essential part of your central heating and cooling system, and it makes a big difference to the operation of both your AC and furnace when you replace or clean it. While we have recommendations for how often you should change your filter, you should definitely do it before you turn on your air conditioner.

This is a simple thing that homeowners can do on their own. Depending on the kind of air filter you have, it will either need to be replaced (you can get replacements at your local hardware store) or gently cleansed with soap and water.

Remember: If you have a reusable filter, make sure it is completely dry before you put it back in your furnace.

4. Inspect Your Indoor Unit for Any Visible Problems

It’s always a good idea to do a visual inspection of the indoor component when it’s time to use it again.

If you have a central air conditioner, this will be located with and connected to your furnace, because it uses your furnace air handler to push the cool air through your ducts and into your home. If you have a ductless AC, the indoor unit – or units – will be in the individual rooms of your home, mounted on your wall or ceiling.

Like your outdoor unit, look for things like cracks, and write down your findings. You can give your notes to us when you complete step 5.

5. Book Your Air Conditioner Tune Up Appointment

This is the most important step to take before you turn your air conditioner on. An air conditioner that isn’t properly cared for has a greater risk of failing, which could cost you a lot more in repairs than an annual tune up would. And in the middle of July when you start to sweat as soon as you step outside, you don’t want to risk being without your AC.

An air conditioner tune up won’t just save you money on repairs and time in discomfort: a tune up will actually increase your AC’s efficiency, decreasing your energy costs!

Home Tip: Spring is a great time to get all your home repairs done, including yard work and plumbing maintenance.

6. Ask a Pro If It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Air conditioners last a long time with the right care, but even the best and most loved AC will have to be replaced. If you’ve had your central or ductless air conditioner for over 10 years, talk to us about whether or not it’s time to have it replaced.

Be 100% Ready for Warmer Temperatures

Once you complete this checklist, you’ll be completely ready for the warmer temperatures, and you’ll have beaten the summer rush. Talk to us about getting your air conditioner serviced, or book an installation consultation today.

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