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How to Prepare Your AC for Summer

Though winter can be long in Rockford, when summer comes, the fun comes too. After spending the day out enjoying the community, you want to come home to a cool home. To prepare for the hot summer temperatures, make sure your air conditioner is ready for the job. Here are five steps to take to get your air conditioner ready for Rockford’s hot and humid summers.

1. Clean the Outside Unit

Over the fall, winter, and spring, your outdoor AC unit can get full of pollen, dust, leaves, and other outdoor debris. Before turning on the air conditioner for the first time, give it a good cleaning. Don’t just clean the outer casing, though. Disconnect the power and clean the entire thing thoroughly, including the coils and fins. To clean the coils, wash them down with a hose. To clean the fins, scrub them with a soft toothbrush. The metal on the fins is very thin, so do this carefully so you do not damage them.

2. Inspect and Clear the Drain Line

The drain line is near the indoor cooling coil. This can get clogged up with gunk and debris, but it’s easy to flush it out. Simply pour a cup of bleach down the drain, then follow that with a gallon of water. This will clear the drain and make it ready for a busy summer of use. Failing to do this could allow water to back up in the system and spill out into your home, causing water damage or allowing mold to grow.

3. Change the Air Filter

You need to change the air filter in your air conditioner every three months at a minimum. If it’s been a while since you’ve changed it, now is a good time to go ahead and do it. Starting the cooling season off with a new air filter will help you get efficient use out of your air conditioning system.

4. Visually Inspect Wiring

Make sure there is no clear wear on the wiring on the system. Visually inspect it, paying extra attention to the outdoor wiring where animals can cause damage, and give the team at Axberg a call if you notice any wiring damage. We will come and replace the wiring to ensure safe operation when you turn on the system.

5. Schedule Your Annual Service Check with Axberg

Spring is the best time to have schedule an air conditioner tune-up by the team at Axberg. Give us a call to schedule your service check, so we can make sure it is operating at peak efficiency. By having your maintenance check at the start of cooling season, you will be confident that your system is ready to give you reliable service all summer long.

With Axberg’s help, your air conditioner will provide reliable service throughout the summer. Contact us online today for help getting your air conditioning system ready to run so your summer nights can be cool and comfortable.

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