End of Summer Air Conditioner Tips

Air conditioner tips

Many people get their routine air conditioning maintenance out of the way sometime in spring or early summer, which is a good way to go – if you can find an appointment time that fits in your schedule.

But in our experience, that doesn’t always happen.

Here’s what does happen: your son’s band decides to practice four days a week instead of two. Your daughter’s soccer team makes the playoffs, which means three more weeks of games four towns away. The dog eats a sock and needs an emergency operation, and your husband ends up spending all of his “free time” on planes trying to keep his clients happy (I’m sure you have your version of those scenarios…those happen to be mine). Before you know it you’re past the halfway point of summer and your cooling equipment is still running on a tune-up from 2018.

The good news is that late summer and early fall are also perfectly good times to take care of maintenance on your central air conditioning system – especially if warm days are likely to linger a bit deeper into the year (considering the heat records we seem to be breaking every day, it’s a safe bet that’s going to happen this year).

In truth, there are actually some big advantages to taking care of your cooling maintenance in the coming weeks: for one thing, if you need a surprise A/C repair, there’s plenty of time to order replacement parts – or to make a decision on a cooling system replacement. For another, you can set up appointments for your cooling and heating system maintenance at the same time so you only have to be around once for one service visit.

A/C tasks to tackle in the coming weeks

So what are some of the most important air conditioning maintenance jobs to handle in the weeks to come (assuming your family life allows you time to do them)? Here are five suggestions:

  • Replace your A/C air filter – Hopefully you have been changing air filters throughout the season; if you haven’t, there’s no better time than the present. Changing air filters frequently is an easy and cost-effective way to help the performance of your air conditioner.
  • Clear space around your A/C unit – Clear any airflow-blocking brush, grass, and leaves from the around the area of your outdoor A/C unit before the cold weather arrives.
  • Clean the coils and condensate line – End-of-summer maintenance should include a thorough A/C coil cleaning – a job best done by a professional.
  • Watch and listen to your A/C – Look for any obvious frayed wires or rust, and listen for any unusual sounds, such as rattling.
  • Tune-up your A/C and heating system – Preventative maintenance from a licensed, bonded, and experienced HVAC professional can give you peace of mind that will carry through the whole year.

Labor Day is fast approaching – be ready for your end-of-summer shutdown with a service visit from the air conditioning experts at Burt’s Reliable. Contact us today to learn more!