Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer05/09/2016 With spring underway and summer fast approaching, it’s time to set up all aspects of our lives for the warmer weather, and that also means our homes. It may not be time to turn on your air conditioner just yet, but you should still be considering how you will stay comfortable this season in Charlottesville. The best way to guarantee that you will have a cool summer is by switching on your system now, before it gets too humid and you discover that you need air conditioner maintenance. Here are a few tricks to guarantee that your system, and your house, is prepared for the heat: Try it out now! It really is better to give your system a practice run sooner rather than later. You don’t want your air conditioner to shutdown on the warmest day of the year and make your home unpleasant. Rather, setting your thermostat to its cooling mode and permitting it to run, even for a few minutes, will be a perfect trial run that can save you a lot of future problems. Confirm that cool air is flowing into your home, and if it’s not, here are a couple of things to inspect before calling the experts at Beck Cohen: Make sure your system was set to cool. It’s a common mistake and one that is made regularly, but if you haven’t flipped your thermostat from the heat setting, cool air won’t be flowing. Simple issue, simple solution! Check the unit outside. Double check to see if there are any barriers around your system, such as plants or dirt, that can clog your air flow and cool air production. Change your filters. Per usual, this step is critical to refining the functionality of your air conditioning system. With sanitary and new filters, your cool air will be cleaner and it will create an easier environment for air to flow through. Once you’ve tried things out – your system is adjusted to cool, and the unit and filters are clean – and you still aren’t getting any cool air, it’s time to call in the professionals if there are issues. Regular air conditioner service should be on your radar right now anyhow, so now is the ideal time to look at every feature of your system before the summer hits. The professionals at Beck Cohen will not only fix the current issue at hand, but they will also deal with any small likely issues that could turn into bigger difficulties later. Chances are that if your home isn’t cooling effortlessly, your system might be deficient in refrigerant based on low levels or possibly a leak. If you noticed that ice was establishing when you checked your outdoor unit, that may be an signal that you need more refrigerant. During an air conditioner maintenance check, our experts can deal with any leaks in your lines or refrigerant shortages. Everyone relies on their air conditioner to endure over the summer and it can be easy to forget how vital your system is to your summer comfort. Don’t agonize about your air conditioner breaking down and instead, be preemptive about assessing and servicing your system before the heat wave arrives. If you have any questions about your system or want to set up that routine air conditioner service, call our professionals at 434-296-0129 or schedule an appointment with us online.