Tips for Preparing Your Air Conditioning System for Summer

Most Californians rely on their air conditioning systems year-round, and the summer months always bring the hottest temperatures. As you prepare for the warmer weather, it’s a good idea to check your air conditioning system before the summer heat is in full swing and everyone else starts having problems with their air conditioning, too. Beat the heat by calling Rivers Plumbing, Heating and Air to prepare your air conditioning system for summer.


Check Your Filters

Your furnace or air-handler has a filter that traps dirt and debris to keep it from circulating through your home’s air. It’s wise to check the manufacturer’s instructions on these filters to determine the best times to change them, but definitely be sure to check them before summertime. A clogged filter can impede the flow of clean, cool air through your home and release allergens and other air particles into your living space.


Clean the Unit and Vents

The outdoor condenser unit of your air conditioning system may be a bit dirty. Unless you keep a cover over the fan grille, your fan chamber is probably full of leaves, grass, dirt, and other debris. As this accumulates it makes it more difficult for the fan to spin and cool the condenser coils. Clogged and dirty coils reduce the efficiency of your air conditioning system and will cause it to break down faster.


Check Coolant and Test

The tubes that carry coolant between the evaporator and the condenser require insulation. Over time, the foam insulation on these tubes degrades and can impact the system’s performance. Check the coolant lines for any signs of damage and replace any worn out insulation.


After cleaning, allow the air conditioning system to dry out and then start it up for a test run this spring. This should give you an idea of how your system will handle the coming months. If you’re not sure about your air conditioning system’s performance, or if you would prefer a professional to perform these checks, call Rivers Plumbing, Heating and Air today to schedule a visit from our Pleasanton, CA, team.