Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer05/09/2016 With spring underway and summer just around the corner, it’s time to prep all features of our lives for the toastier weather, and that includes our homes. It may not be time to turn on your air conditioner just yet, but you should still be contemplating how you will stay cool this season in Opelika. The best way to guarantee that you will have a comfortable summer is by flipping on your system now, before it gets too warm and you discover that you need air conditioner maintenance. Here are a few tricks to make sure your system, and your house, is properly equipped for the heat: Try it out now! It really is important to give your system a practice run sooner rather than later. You don’t want your air conditioner to break down on the hottest day of the year and make your home uncomfortable. Instead, positioning 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 issues. Make sure that cool air is flowing into your home, and if it’s not, here are a couple of things to check before calling the experts at Farnell Mechanical, Inc.: Make sure your system was set to cool. It’s an easy mistake and one that is made frequently, but if you haven’t switched your thermostat from the heat setting, cool air won’t be running. Simple problem, easy solution! Check the unit outside. Double check to see if there are any obstructions around your system, such as plants or dirt, that can clog your air flow and cool air production. Change your filters. As always, this step is crucial to improving the functionality of your air conditioning system. With clean and new filters, your cool air will be cleaner and it will establish an easier environment for air to flow through. Once you’ve worked things out – your system is set to cool, and the unit and filters are clean – and you still aren’t feeling any cool air, it’s time to call in the specialists if there are problems. Regular air conditioner service should be on your radar this time of the year anyway, so now is the perfect time to inspect every aspect of your system before the heat hits. The professionals at Farnell Mechanical, Inc. will not only solve the current issue at hand, but they will also deal with any small potential issues that could turn into bigger problems later. Chances are that if your home isn’t cooling without difficulty, your system might be missing refrigerant based on low levels or possibly a leak. If you noted that ice was accumulating when you examined your outdoor unit, that may be an indicator that you need more refrigerant. During an air conditioner maintenance check, our specialists can deal with any leaks in your lines or refrigerant shortages. Everyone relies on their air conditioner to survive the summer and it can be easy to overlook how vital your system is to your summer relaxation. Don’t fret about your air conditioner breaking down and instead, be proactive about testing and servicing your system before the heat wave strikes. If you have any questions about your system or want to set up that annual air conditioner service, call our professionals at 334-524-2458 or schedule an appointment with us online.