On the first day of a hot summer, the last thing you wat is flipping the AC switch just to find that it is not working. Your AC unit has been sitting idle for months now, collecting dust and debris. You do not have to wait till it is summer to check if it is running properly. Below are a few maintenance tips to make sure you do not stay hot in the summer.
Focus on the air filter
When it comes to your AC unit the first thing you should check is the air filter. You might have a disposable or a permanent air filter depending on your AC unit. If you have a disposable filter, change it before switching on the AC unit. If your AC unit uses a permanent air filter, clean it thoroughly to keep the unit working efficiently. Having a clean filter ensures there is nothing restricting the cool air from circulating freely.
Clean out the air vents
Your AC unit can only work optimally when there is nothing obstructing the flow of air in the vents. You can choose to physically check if there are any blockages in the vents or you can have a professional clean the vents for you. By doing this you ensure even coverage of your AC unit within your property.
Clean the area around the unit
If your unit is on the outside of your home you need to clear out any debris around it. Remove any branches or leaves that could be blocking or touching the AC unit. It is possible that in the preceding month's plants will start to grow close by. Ensure that there is no shrubbery growing close by. The rule of thumb is to have space of about two feet surrounding the unit.
Once you are done with all the above activities it is time to test the unit. If it is still not working call a professional to have a look at it.