How To Prepare Air Conditioner for the Summer
The warm summer weather in Bend, OR, will have you turning to your air conditioner for relief. In order to enjoy problem-free and cost-effective cooling, it’s important to prepare your air conditioner for the summer season. Read on for four tips to get your cooling system ready.
1. Trim Vegetation
During the summertime, outdoor vegetation grows quickly. Shrubs, flowers, and grass near the outdoor unit can block airflow. The unit needs at least three feet of clearance on all sides and above. Keep the vegetation, including tree branches, trimmed away from the unit.
2. Change the Air Filter
A dirty AC filter reduces the system’s efficiency by 15% or more. Once each month, check the air filter. Replace it when you see debris buildup on the filter media. Don’t go longer than three months between air filter changes. If you’re unsure of where the filter is or how to access it, our dependable technicians can show you.
3. Clean the Outdoor Unit
Pollen, dust, animal droppings, and other debris build up on the outdoor unit. Over time, this impedes the unit’s ability to release heat that it transfers out of your home. Once a month, turn off the power to your air conditioner. Use your garden hose to spray the outdoor unit’s housing. This removes the dirt and debris.
4. Schedule Professional Maintenance
If you haven’t yet scheduled your annual AC tune-up, now is the time to do it. An annual maintenance visit ensures that your air conditioner is operating at its peak performance level. Our skilled technicians clean the entire system, lubricate the motor and fans, check for signs of wear and tear and verify the refrigerant level.
Mountain View is the trusted company for air conditioner maintenance in Bend. We’re also available for heating system maintenance and heating and cooling repair, replacement, and installation. Our indoor air quality, ductwork, and zoned climate control systems keep your home clean, healthy, and comfortable. For more details on getting your air conditioner ready for summertime’s heat and humidity, contact us at Mountain View today.