If you are living in Frisco, McKinney, Allen, or anywhere else in North Texas where we have scorching hot summers, the last thing you want when it’s time to turn on your air conditioning is a poorly functioning unit. As experts in air conditioning repair and installation, we at Harris Air Services have a few tips to help you be prepared for the upcoming hot weather. Even though your AC hasn’t been used in a couple of months, making sure that it is ready for the coming season is actually quite an easy process. Here are five tips to help you:

  1. Ensure That Your AC is Functioning

First on the list is to make sure that your AC unit is working. To do this, you should turn your thermostat to the cooling position, and then switch it on. If you are not getting cool air, you can contact us for HVAC maintenance or repair. This can happen because even if you are not using your AC during the winter, damage can still be incurred due to wear and tear and dirt accumulation.

  1. Clean the Area Around Your AC Unit

It is also important to clear and clean the space surrounding your AC unit. Most house owners don’t pay attention to the outdoor unit, assuming it can fight various external elements. It needs a cleaning too, just like the appliances found inside your home. Since people do not usually go out and perform much yard work during winter, leaves can pile up and find their way to the outside unit of your AC. Shrubs, weeds and bushes should also be cleared out. The mere cleaning of these leaves, grass and weeds that are near your unit can help you when summer arrives. You can also consider making a rock area around the exterior AC unit to keep the lawn mower far away.

  1. Use a Water Hose to Clean The Outdoor Unit of Your AC

Accumulated dirt and dust can reduce the efficiency of your outdoor AC unit. It should be good to give it a good rinse occasionally. This will help remove any collected dirt, including grass clippings and other plant elements that may have found its way into your outdoor AC unit.

  1. Check and Change Air Filters

Dirty air filters can cause huge problems for your AC unit. If you have dirty air filters, the total energy will take to cool your home increases by 5 to 15 percent. Moreover, a blocked air filter will also lessen the cooling capacity of your unit by 5 percent. If this continues, it may even get worse. The longer your AC runs with a dirty filter, there is a higher chance that the dirt may get through the filter screen and end up piling up in the evaporator coils.  There are studies that show that having dirty evaporator coils may even reduce AC energy efficiency more than dirty air filters.

With this, it is recommended that you replace air filters frequently. This can depend on the kind of filter you are using. As and experienced HVAC company, we know that a dirty filter is a common cause of breakdowns, which can lead to emergency HVAC repairs. Poor indoor air quality can also be caused by dirty air filters.

  1. Do Not Skip Maintenance

The most imperative thing you can do to keep your AC unit working well and performing at its best is to plan regular preventive maintenance. By getting seasonal HVAC maintenance, you can help make sure that your system is functioning well, prolonging its lifespan, and reducing the need for frequent repairs. This can save you money and time in the long run.

At Harris Air Services, we want to make sure that you are comfortable when summer comes. We offer maintenance visits or to help you keep your heating and cooling systems at their best, all year round.